*Now this is a mistake that is probably going to make a lot of people smile.
Shame on you, I jokingly admonish.
But here’s what happened…
On Tuesday the Dallas County Commissioners Court voted in favor of giving African Americans reparations for slavery—but didn’t quite mean to do so, the Dallas Morning News reports.
The news site says the resolution, written by the only black commissioner in the county, John Wiley Price, went by another name, the “Juneteenth Resolution,” and the commissioners, several of them in fact, admitted they had not read up on it before they cast their vote.
But here’s the thing; once they did realize their mistake, most of them did not bother to change their vote, calling it symbolic.
“I am leaving my vote the way it is,” County Judge Clay Jenkins told the Morning News. “This is the body’s expression of support for unity towards people, a recognition of Juneteenth.”
Now, before you get too carried away, please know that there was at least one republican in the court, and yes, he did change his vote, to an abstention, claiming, “The reason why I didn’t abstain this morning is that I had not received a copy of the resolution.”
Apparently, as Price read the document aloud for all of the commissioners, their mind was someplace else. On their computers? Glancing at other documents? Wherever it was, it was not on the business at hand; which caused the final declaration of the resolution to go unnoticed:
“‘The United States of America is derelict in its promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to the African American people,’” Price read. “‘Be it further resolved that the dereliction that has caused 400 years of significant … suffering to the descendants of those who have been enslaved Africans who built this country, should be satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations to same.’”
The resolution may be the courts official stance on the issue, but what does it really do. Nothing. It is nonbinding and no tax money is allocated towards any initiative. No doubt it will be a feather in the commission members’ cap for quite some time though, serving as a reminder to pay attention and know what it is that you are signing.
“I want to encourage staff to make sure that all of the commissioners have the opportunity to actually read what they are voting on before [they] vote in the future,” Jenkins said.
Read more at the Dallas Morning News.