Democratic presidential candidate Beto O 'Rourke took an unconventional approach to reaching out to African-American voters on Friday, meeting a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina and claiming that Americans White people did not know the entire history of slavery.
O 'Rourke spent Friday in a Baptist church in Beaufort, South Carolina, where the former Texas congressman met with leaders of the Gullah / Geechee Nation, a culture of descendants from the United States. coastal slaves whose separation from the continent allowed them to retain much of their African heritage. including a unique dialect and skills such as net fishing and basketry.
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"White Americans do not know this story," said O & Rourke after a church site visit, where he learned that anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman had been living in the area.
The former Texas congressman also spoke about repairs, which he argues, although he did not specify the details of what they would imply.
"The answer is yes, we must repair this country from its founding peoples and kidnappers from West Africa, bringing them here into slavery to literally build the wealth of the United States," said O & # 39; Rourke. "However, the way forward must be through learning and telling this American story with everyone, and then I think we are defining what a repair looks like."
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O & # 39; Rourke said that he still supported the creation of a commission to further study the issue.
The candidate approached his white privilege by campaigning to appeal to more diverse voters.
"As a white man who had privileges that others could not rely on, or that I took for granted, I clearly had benefits in my life," said O'Rourke in March of "Meet The Press" on NBC News.
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The stop in Before was the first of 10 events planned by O'Rourke in the state over the next three days, centered around an appearance at a Charleston forum Saturday sponsored by the Black Economic Alliance.
Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., And Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Should also speak at this event.
Associated Press contributed to this report.