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Rick Perry: GOP Must Face Up to Past on Race

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 07:11 PM

Republicans must face up to the party's past as it tries to recruit black voters, but also should point out the progress made, said presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

In an appearance Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "The Five," Perry talked about the "incredibly ugly story" of a brutal murder of a young black man in Waco after the turn of the 20th century.

"And we have to understand that Barry Goldwater in 1964 was against the Civil Rights Act. And our party got painted, and rightfully, as being against civil rights," Perry said. "And we have to stand up and say, you know, we were wrong. But here's what we've done."

Perry pointed out how he appointed Wallace Jefferson as the first black Texas Supreme Court Justice in 2001, then named him chief justice in 2003.

"This state that's had a historic Democrat background back through the years, and no one seemed to be able to find an African-American to go on that Supreme Court. But I did," Perry said. "This is an individual whose … great great grandfather, was sold on the steps of the McLennan County Courthouse in the 1850s. … That is an extraordinary story about what can happen."

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Republicans must face up to the party's past as it tries to recruit black voters, but also should point out the progress made, said presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
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2015-11-28
Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 07:11 PM
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