Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke Reveals His Ancestors Were Slaveholders

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke greets supporters outside Cargo Coffee Shop on St. Patrick’s Day in Madison, Wisc (Shutterstock)

Beto O’Rourke, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, revealed that his ancestors, as well as his wife’s ancestors, were enslavers. The Texas Democrat said that he benefits from a system that his ancestors built to favor themselves over others.

“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 wrote in a post published on Medium.
O’Rourke wrote that he recently received documents that showed he and his wife’s ancestors had enslaved others, including two women named Rose and Eliza. His paternal great-great-great grandfather, Andrew Cowan Jasper, enslaved the two women in the 1850s.
He added that his maternal great-great-great grandfather, Frederick Williams,…

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