Beto O’Rourke: 'White Americans' Don’t Know The Full Story of Slavery
2020 hopeful scrambles to win over black voters in in South Carolina
2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke scrambled to win over black voters this week after meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina.
The voters will play a significant role in next year’s Southern presidential primaries, so Beto is pulling out all the stops.
The Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman met with leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, a culture of coastal slave descendants.
The descendants, otherwise known as Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida as Gullah, is based on farming and fishing and has its own Creole language, history, cooking, and crafts.
According to scholars, the separation from the mainland allowed the Gullah to preserve much of their African heritage, which included a unique dialect and skills such as cast-net fishing and basket weaving.
O’Rourke also addressed questions on topics including health care, housing affordability, and education from 20 Gullah/Geechee representatives.
Beto then admitted to not knowing enough about the history of slavery in the United States.
“White Americans do not know this story,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke then pulled out his Trump card on white privilege before informing the crowd at the historically black college that he might not know their struggles but wanted to help them.
According to Breitbart: In Iowa, he said he didn’t think being a white man in a historically diverse field of candidates put him at a disadvantage because his sex and race have given him inherent advantages for years.
On Friday, asked if he supported reparations, O’Rourke said that he did, though he still supports the creation of a commission to further study the issue and how to ameliorate it.
“The answer is yes. We must repair this country from its very founding, kidnapping peoples from West Africa, bringing them here in bondage to literally build the wealth of the United States,” he said.
“The path there, though, has to come through learning and telling this American story with everyone. Then, I think we define what reparations look like.”
In March, Beto was accused by a Latino writer of being "just another privileged white guy trying to manipulate" Latino voters.
The Democratic 2020 hopeful has also apologized for being a white male following a backlash from his liberal supporters after he joked about how his wife raises their three children without his full support.