O'Rourke says he and his wife are descended from slave owners

Posted on AllSides July 15th, 2019
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White House hopeful Beto O'Rourke on Sunday revealed that he and his wife, Amy, are descended from slave owners.

The former Democratic congressman from Texas wrote in a Medium post that he was recently given documents showing that his paternal great-great-great grandfather listed two women, Rose and Eliza, as his possessions.

"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," O'Rourke wrote.

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