in today’s good news….
Someone stand up and give John Wiley Price, Texas’ ONLY Black commissioner a got-damn standing ovation. He got the Dallas County Commissioners Court to back monetary reparations for the descendants of slaves.
Wiley presented to the commissioner’s court the “Juneteenth Resolution” which stated “The United States of America is derelict in its promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to the African American people,” Price said. “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 other white commissioners, hearing only that Wiley was talking about “Black stuff regarding something about slavery” barely paid attention, playing on computers, and goofing off. When the resolution was read, the disinterested lawmakers seconded the motion, making the resolution official.
You can only imagine the craziness and back pedaling that resulted. The Raw Story reports that the white commissioners, realizing later what had just happened, had to save face and explain why the hell they weren’t paying attention at the same time. One commissioner changed his vote to “abstain” while the others laughed it off and said it was only “ceremonial” and not to be taken seriously.
Here is my problem with all this. We know white lawmakers do not want Black people to benefit from the legacy of slavery. This is nothing new. What bothers me is the back pedaling… the OBVIOUS back pedaling. It is beyond insulting and degrading and an insult to the intelligence of Black people everywhere.
Shouts out to Commissioner Wiley for being the smartest man in the room.