Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE March 26, 2019, 8:11 PM GMT By CHARLESTON, SC — Beto O’Rourke used a two-day, 185-mile sprint through South Carolina last week in part to introduce himself to a powerful block of voters whose support will be pivotal to winning the Democratic presidential nomination: African Americans. From a crowded coffee house in Rock Hill — where the former Texas congressman spoke after visiting the iconic civil rights “Friendship Nine” lunch counter — to a town hall hosted by a prominent African American state senator, O’Rourke tweaked his stump speech to emphasize issues of importance to voters of color, including criminal justice reform, economic fairness, and improving access to education. In stop after stop, O’Rourke called for the expungement of arrest records for marijuana possession, ending what he called the “schoolhouse-to-jailhouse” pipeline that treats students of color differently, and regularly noting that as a white man of privilege, he is still learning about the black experience in America. In state where the majority of Democratic ballots cast in 2020 will come from African Americans, breaking through with black voters in South… Read full this story
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