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Beto O’Rourke Says he’s a Descendant of Slave Owners

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke says he has received factual information confirming that both he and his wife are descended from people who owned slaves.

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The once Texas congressman writes that the documents showed that one of his paternal great-great-great-grandfathers owned two women in the 1850s. The information also revealed an ancestor related to his wife Amy was also a part of the Confederate army. He says going forward the issue of race relations has been a topic he spoke about however it’s “more personal” now.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kathy Willens/AP/Shutterstock (10095128c) Beto O’ Rourke. Former Democratic Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke gestures during a live interview with Oprah Winfrey on a Times Square stage at “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square,”, in New York. O’Rourke dazzled Democrats in 2018 by nearly defeating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the country’s largest red state. O’Rourke says he’ll announce whether he’ll run for president “before the end of the month Election 2020 Beto ORourke Oprah, New York, USA – 05 Feb 2019

“We all need to know our own story as it relates to the national story, much as I am learning mine,” O’Rourke concluded. “It is only then, I believe, that we can take the necessary steps to repair the damage done and stop visiting this injustice on the generations that follow ours.”

If you recall last week information was confirmed that two great-great grandfathers of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell owned 14 slaves. McConnell has been against reparations for descendants of slaves, saying he did not think compensation “for something that happened 150 years ago, when none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea.”

Democratic challengers have expressed public support for reparations, including Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey and Julián Castro.

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