By Vincent L. Hall
MSNBC thought enough of it to do segments featuring Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price’s historic Juneteenth resolution on both the Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris-Perry shows. In talking with Dallas’ first and only Black Commissioner I have come to know that the story broke like wildfire through the daily media carnage and was a particular feature of the Far-Right blogs. I wanted to know from him what he thought about America’s reaction to his action. The Dallas County Commissioners Court approved by voice vote, a resolution that honors the life, death
On the street, the only question that most African-Americans in Dallas have been asking is “Where’s my check?” (This looks like a good place for the proverbial LOL). You may chuckle when you think about getting a check, but the full details and effect of our history as an enslaved and financially oppressed people at the hands of this country deserve a settlement of punitive damages. As the commercial for J. T. Wentworth goes, “it’s my money and I want it now!!!” We went head-on with the Commish to get his take on the national reaction. “The response has been overwhelming, to say the least. Although I don’t believe I deserve it, I have been greeted with a hero’s welcome throughout this community, throughout the state
Not only did the show generate a long litany of callers,
Whereas Writer, Historian
and Whereas slavery, discrimination and egregious impediments to building or sustaining wealth were legislated and condoned by the United States government in all three of its constitutionally affixed branches,
and Whereas today according to the Pew Research Center, White households are worth roughly 20 times as much as black households and whereas only 15% of whites have zero or negative wealth, more than 35% of blacks fall below that line, and Whereas the entrenched gap and wealth is highlighted by the fact that black families making $100,000 typically live in the kinds of neighborhoods inhabited by my wife’s families making $30,000.
Therefore, be it resolved that Juneteenth and its historical mimicking of freedom are just that, and the United States of America is derelict in its promise to ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’ to African American people.
Be it further resolved that the dereliction that has caused 400 years of significant wealth to millions and significant suffering to the descendants of those slaves who built this country be satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations to the same.”
Nuff said. They need to quit playin’ and cut my check!!!
Originally published Juneteenth 2014…Still relevant.