Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke tweeted “After 156 years of celebrating Juneteenth, Texas continues to perpetuate racist systems designed to prevent multiracial democracy.”
“Mass incarceration. Convict labor. Jim Crow 2.0 voter suppression. All formulated to keep Black Texans from full citizenship and full liberation,” he added.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz fired back:
Dems cynically perpetuate lies & stoke racial division.
Juneteenth is a celebration of emancipation & our nation’s continual journey towards racial justice.
Rich white Dems try to convince African-Americans that equality is impossible in America.
This is a lie.