Texas board unwittingly Oks reparations for blacks

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 18, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.



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DALLAS (AP) — Dallas County leaders have passed a resolution supporting reparations to African-Americans for years of slavery — without even realizing they had done so.

County commissioners unwittingly gave their OK by unanimously passing a Juneteenth resolution on Tuesday that stated blacks' suffering should be "satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations."

The meeting agenda made no specific mention of it, but it was read aloud by Commissioner John Wiley Price, who introduced the measure.

The resolution went beyond supporting Juneteenth. It included a list of injustices endured by blacks before it endorsed reparations in the final paragraph.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/UM5Ve3 ) other commissioners admitted afterward they hadn't read the resolution before voting.

The vote is nonbinding, so no reparations — through payments or other means — will be made.

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