Beto Claims Personal Connection to Slavery: 'I Descended from Slave Owners'
The Democratic presidential candidate reveals documents on Twitter
2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke said that he has more of a 'personal connection' to slavery because he and his wife Amy are both descended from slave owners.
The Democratic presidential candidate revealed on Twitter that he had received documents showing that he and his wife descended from people who owned slaves.
“Something that we’ve been talking about in town hall meetings – the legacy of slavery in the United States – now has a much more personal connection,” O’Rourke said.
“I was recently given documents showing that both Amy and I are descended from people who owned slaves.”
Also included in the tweet was a link to a medium.com article he wrote titled “Rose and Eliza,” referencing the two slaves one his distance relatives owned
“A paternal great-great-great grandfather of mine, Andrew Cowan Jasper, owned these two women in the 1850s,” O’Rourke wrote.
Beto also added records showing the ancestor of his wife, Amy, owned slaves while another was part of the Confederate Army.
O’Rourke acknowledged he has been outspoken about slavery in the U.S. while campaigning, but noted that discussions now have “a much more personal connection.”
O’Rourke scrambled to win over black voters last month after meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina.
Something that we've been talking about in town hall meetings -- the legacy of slavery in the United States -- now has a much more personal connection. I was recently given documents showing that both Amy and I are descended from people who owned slaves. https://t.co/rGKKLqcoKf— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) July 15, 2019
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.
Earlier his month O’Rourke said that the 1776 Betsy Ross flag had become a symbol of white nationalism.
Beto remarked while stumping at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, where he praised Nike for pulling the flag design from a planned sneaker design due for release on July 4.
The cancellation of the campaign was reportedly at the request of former-quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick.