Just think: it was just last week that everyone was up in arms over the revelation that Senator Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) ancestors owned slaves. But the way the news cycles move these days, that was an eternity ago.
This week, having slaveholding ancestors has turned from a badge of dishonor to an opportunity to express one’s white guilt, thanks to one of the gifts that keep on giving:
Robert Francis Beto O’Rourke.
America’s favorite middle aged sk8er boi furry has weighed in on his ancestors who, like those of Cocaine Mitch, owned slaves.
Beto admitted to his ancestral association in a post on Medium, in which he wrote about Rose and Eliza, the two women a great-great-grandfather owned. He also noted that other ancestors may have owned slaves, as had some of his wife’s forebears.
His ancestors, O’Rourke wrote, 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.”
“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,” he wrote. “Everything their descendants have accomplished in their lives is despite having all of these odds stacked against them.”
While acknowledging he benefits “from a system that my ancestors built to favor themselves at the expense of others,” O’Rourke wrote, “that only increases the urgency I feel to help change this country so that it works for those who have been locked-out of — or locked-up in — this system.”
Of course, he pledged to support reparations, along with other leftist policies that will allegedly level the playing field that his white guilt sees as unfair.
Now here’s the thing: slavery was a grievous, horrible evil from which we’re still feeling the ripples. The twin stains of slavery and racism will probably continue to haunt us for generations.
But continuing to feed on the idea of white guilt for the things that our ancestors did – and that we had no ability to control – is ridiculous. For Beto to use white guilt to try to shore up his flagging campaign is even sadder and more pathetic.
Why does anybody think this guy as a shot?