John James, an “unapologetic Christian” businessman, Army veteran and second-time Republican candidate for Senate in Michigan, waded into the debate about social mobility when he declared that the United States is the “only country where you can go from slave to senator in four generations and poverty to prosperity in one,” in his latest campaign ad highlighting his family’s history.
“I’m proud to teach my sons that this is the only country where you can go from slave to senator in four generations and poverty to prosperity in one,” James, 39, says in the ad posted on YouTube on Sunday.
The ad features James, a married father of three young sons, and his father, John A. James, talking about their family’s history in overcoming the Jim Crow South to become successful entrepreneurs in Detroit.
In 1971, John A. James, co-founded a trucking company moving cars and parts for automakers. After the Great Recession, the southwest Detroit-based company shifted to the export business, tracking parts for OEMs and assembling wheels for Toyota cars, Crain’s Detroit Business reported. They later got involved in real estate and evolved into the James Group International, where the senate hopeful is president.
“My dad, the storyteller — he told me how the son of a slave became the son of a sharecropper, the son of a sharecropper became a mason, and the son of a mason became an entrepreneur,” James says, sitting alongside his father in the ad.
“I am the result of the American dream because of others’ sacrifices. The next chapter will take all of us working together to build a better future for our kids,” said James, who is seeking to become Michigan’s first black U.S. senator, in a statement published along with the ad on social media.
The ad has attracted the support of high-profile Republicans such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz who shared the message with his nearly 4 million followers on Twitter with a simple “Amen.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair