Robert Francis O’Rourke, pretend name Beto, made a stunning admission of his and his wife’s family individual family histories.
The, now long shot, Democrat presidential contender O’Rourke admitted on Sunday that he and his wife are descendent from slave owners.
“I was recently given documents showing that both Amy and I are descended from people who owned slaves. Along with other possessions listed in their property log were two human beings, Rose and Eliza,” he said.
“A paternal great-great-great grandfather of mine, Andrew Cowan Jasper, owned these two women in the 1850s,” he said.
“There are also records showing that a maternal great-great-great grandfather, Frederick Williams, most likely owned slaves in the 1860s (‘most likely,’ because we are not certain that the Frederick Williams who is my ancestor and the Frederick Williams who owned slaves are the same person, but there’s enough circumstantial data to lead me to conclude that it’s likely).
“Records also showed that Amy had an ancestor who owned slaves and another who was a member of the Confederate Army.
“Something that we’ve been thinking about and talking about in town hall meetings and out on the campaign — the legacy of slavery in the United States — now has a much more personal connection,” he said.
“Ownership of other human beings conferred advantages not just to Andrew Jasper and Frederick Williams, but to Jasper’s and Williams’ descendants as well.
“They were able to build wealth on the backs and off the sweat of others, wealth that they would then be able to pass down to their children and their children’s children. In some way, and in some form, that advantage would pass through to me and my children,” he said.
Is Beto desperate?
Is he starting to win the Woke Olympics yet? This could be his one and only shot at having any chance of making a mark in the primary.
“That those enslaved Americans owned by my ancestors were denied their freedom, denied the ability to amass wealth, denied full civil rights in America after slavery also had long term repercussions for them and their descendants.
And then came the part where he made his case for reparations, because he could not make this “confession” sans making a campaign promise.
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“The way that fortune was passed through the generations from Andrew to me, misfortune was passed through the generations from Rose and Eliza to their descendants who are alive today.
“Rose and Eliza were denied their freedom and the benefits that their labor produced; they and their children were then denied their civil rights after the end of Reconstruction; and their descendants endured open terrorism, economic exclusion and racism in the form of Jim Crow, lynchings, convict leasing, voter suppression, red lining, predatory lending, and mass incarceration. Everything their descendants have accomplished in their lives is despite having all of these odds stacked against them,” he said.
Does anyone actually believe that this man and his wife just now learned that they are the descendents of slave owners?
Just now when he is plummeting in the polls and needs help to climb out of the depths of the Democrat primary more than ever.
A nice and convenient time for him to learn this pertinent information considering he is polling at the bottom with black Americans.