In a unanimous vote, the commissioners voted to back reparations for slavery, but later they said they didn’t know what they were voting for because they hadn’t read the resolution.
Here’s something you don’t see every day.
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.
According to the news site, the resolution, written by the only black commissioner in the county, John Wiley Price, was dubbed the “Juneteenth Resolution,” and several other commissioners admitted to not reading up on it before they cast their vote.
However, having realized what they did, 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.”
The only Republican in the court was also the only one to change his vote to an abstention. “The reason why I didn’t abstain this morning is that I had not received a copy of the resolution,” he said.
But Price had read the entire document aloud for all of the commissioners, who clearly were not paying attention—many on their computers or sifting through other documents—thus allowing the final declaration of the resolution to go unnoticed:
Source: The Root | BREANNA EDWARDS