Texas Gov Accused of White Supremacy for Rebuking Black Judge Who Jailed Salon Owner
Greg Abbott called racist for defending small business owner
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) have been accused of exhibiting white supremacy by the Dallas County Commissioners Court after they denounced the actions of Judge Eric Moyé, who jailed salon owner Shelley Luther for defying the state's lockdown order.
Moyé is black, and Abbott, Patrick, and Luther are all white.
The commission passed a resolution declaring:
"Dallas County residents suffer as the world gazes upon the travesty of justice caused when the Governor of the State of Texas and Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor (who appears to spend an excessive amount of time with his Conservative radio talk show) intervened in a ruling against a media-manufactured cause celebre, a lawbreaker and owner of Salon a la Mode."
The document adds that the county "had its reputation questioned and ridiculed as this staged-circus, was reduced to issues of race and the superiority of Anglos over all other Americans, which was exhibited by the Governor and the Lt. Governor's reintroduction of Dred Scott v. Sanford which briefed by any reasonable party reads; 'a Black man (Moyé) has no rights that a White man (Trump, Abbott, Patrick) are bound to respect!"
The resolution demanded that t Abbott and Patrick "issue an earnest apology" to Moyé and the money raised to defend Luther "in this firestorm of foolishness be donated to worthy causes and people who are genuinely in need of this State's intervention."
Moyé ordered Luther to be jailed and fined thousands of dollars for defying state and local mandates by reopening her business.
Abbott and Paxton issued statements condemning Moyé for jailing Luther, demanding her release from jail.
The Dallas County Commissioners Court said the governor and lieutenant governor's actions caused the judge's life to be threatened.
Luther refused to keep her business closed amid the state's strict measures to close all non-essential businesses.
In April, she also defied a direct cease and desist order from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
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During the court hearing, Luther was given a choice:
She could offer an apology for selfishness, pay a fine and shutdown until Friday, or serve jail time.
"I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I'm selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish," she defiantly told the judge.