Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) this week told a group of immigrants and refugees living in Nashville, Tenn., that the U.S. was founded on the concepts of white supremacy and slavery.
During a roundtable event hosted by a local organization that works with immigrants, the presidential candidate pointed to his home state’s history in the Confederacy while arguing that the legacy of racism persists in U.S. institutions.
“I know this from my home state, Texas, places that formed the Confederacy, that this country was founded on white supremacy,” he said, according to the Tennessean. “And every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression, even in our democracy.”
He made the remarks in response to a question about how he would tackle white supremacy if elected president.
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