The Dallas County Commissioners Court adopted a resolution Tuesday accusing Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of perpetuating white supremacy after they criticized a black judge for jailing a salon owner who reopened her business against the governor’s stay-at-home orders.
The resolution describes Shelley Luther, the white owner of Salon à la Mode, as a “lawbreaker” and said the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s intervention into her jail sentencing by Dallas County Judge Eric Moyé, who is black, reintroduced issues of racism and white superiority in Dallas.
“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,” the resolution states, TheBlaze first reported.
“Dallas 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 [sic] 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 states.
Ms. Luther rose to national fame last month after she reopened her salon despite Mr. Abbott’s coronavirus-related stay-at-home order, which deemed her business “nonessential” on March 22. After she reopened her doors on April 24, Ms. Luther went viral for ripping up a cease-and-desist letter from County Judge Clay Jenkins at a demonstration outside her salon.
Judge Moyé later issued an order for Ms. Luther to close her doors, but she again refused. On May 5, he sentenced her to seven days in jail. Mr. Abbott and Mr. Patrick both slammed the judge’s decision, and a Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of her release only two days into her sentence.
President Trump weighed in on the judge’s sentencing on May 10, retweeting a message that called for the judge to be voted out of office on Nov. 3 for an “outrageous abuse of judicial power.”
Thursday’s resolution accuses Mr. Abbott and Mr. Patrick of cozying up to Mr. Trump and Republicans who desire to reopen the country quickly “without regard to those persons and communities that live with ‘pre-existing conditions’ and were vulnerable to any outbreak of disease before COVID-19.”
The resolution is calling on Mr. Abbott and Mr. Patrick to “issue an earnest apology” to Judge Moyé, whose “life is threatened and whose professional record is impugned,” and for the “hundreds of thousands of dollars collected in this firestorm of foolishness” to be donated to “worthy causes and people who are genuinely in need of this State’s intervention.”