In his latest campaign speech, Rick Perry commented on the very shaky and lukewarm relationship Republicans have with black voters.
His speech started by covering a very dark story, in gruesome detail, about a black mentally handicapped teen named Jesse Washington who had pled guilty to the rape and murder of a woman and was consequently tortured to death. It was a the beginning of a sobering speech that detailed the plight of the black community today.
“Let me be clear, we have not eliminated black poverty in Texas. We have made meaningful progress. In New York, the supplemental poverty rate is 26%. In California, it is 30%. In Washington, D.C., it is 33%. In Texas, it is just 20%. Here’s how it happened. We curtailed frivolous lawsuits and reasonable regulations,” said Perry.
While Perry would go on to detail at various points his plans to further help the black community, he also turned to admit the shortcomings of the Republican party when it came to working with and approaching blacks.
“Too often Republicans, me included, have emphasized our message on the 10th Amendment, but not our message on the 14th. An amendment that it bears reminding that it was one of the great contributions of the Republican party to American life, second only to the abolition of slavery. For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote. We found we did not need it to win. But when we gave up trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln.”
With this speech, Perry, along with Rand Paul, are two Republicans in the pack that have put serious focus on the plight of the black community.
You can view the entirety of the speech below, or click here to get a rough transcript of the speech.