Rafael Cruz Says More Things That Upset People

I know Rafael Cruz, father of Ted Cruz. He once baked a pretty incredible flan for Elizabeth Lavin and me. And I wrote a story about him for our January issue. So it didn’t surprise me when I saw news of his latest controversial remarks.

While speaking to the Williamson County Republicans last month about minimum wage and race relations, he he cited a black member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, Jason Riley: “Jason Riley said in an interview, Did you know before we had minimum wage laws, Black unemployment and white unemployment were the same? If we increase the minimum wage, Black unemployment will skyrocket,” Cruz said. “See, he understands it, but the average Black does not.”

He went on, pointing out that the Civil Rights Act was passed by Republicans, under threat of filibuster from the Democrats. He also said that most black people “need to be educated” about these issues. You can see the entire speech here.

I followed Rafael Cruz to a few events very similar to this one. This is, of course, the kind of thing anybody who has followed the Cruz family is used to. It’s the kind of statement that his political opponents — people who never would have voted for Ted Cruz anyway — see as racist. And the kind his supporters see as blunt and honest.


  • Glenn Hunter

    The story you linked to said Cruz expressed doubt about the intelligence of blacks. But he didn’t express any such thing. He said blacks needed to be educated about history and economics. That’s not questioning anyone’s intelligence. Matter of fact, most of us could stand to be educated about a lot of things.

  • Dubious Brother

    Since we have a 1/2 Black President who received about 95% of the Black vote based solely upon his being part Black, the dialogue of Mr. Cruz uses the term Black. Just substitute liberal for Black in his statements and they still make sense and nobody has to get out the race cards.

  • Most Dubious

    “Jason Riley said in an interview, Did you know before we had minimum wage laws, liberal unemployment and white unemployment were the same? If we increase the minimum wage, liberal unemployment will skyrocket,” Cruz said. “See, he understands it, but the average liberal does not.”
    Oh, now it makes sense.

  • John O’Neill

    “During slavery, everyone had a job.” – John Wiley Price

  • marcie

    Another D Magazine specious misinterpretation.. Wow! You had to go all the way to Williamson County to find this “gem” and then twist it around to suit your purposes. More extensive education never hurt anyone except for those who wish to selectively limit our choices and pit us against our fellow citizens. Shame on you!

  • Bobtex

    Sounds like the tree didn’t grow very far from where the apple fell.

  • marcie

    JWP is a crooked clown and now everyone knows it. It is too bad that D magazine and the Dallas Observer assisted him in his exploitation of his own constituents for 20 years. Feeling out of touch much?

  • Mike

    White liberals have been telling everyone they need to get educated on whatever their cause d’jour is for decades. It’s annoying and sanctimonious whether they do it or Cruz does it, but it’s not racist.

  • Michael J. Mooney

    What exactly is being misinterpreted here? What was twisted? What do you think my “purposes” are?

  • Brett Moore

    I’m curious as to how, exactly, it’s a misinterpretation. The headline says only that it “upsets people” – true. The body provides a link to the entire speech – context provided. The final paragraph says that Cruz’s political opponents see it as racist, and provides a link to those accusations.

    If you find a balanced statement of both sides of an issue to be a misinterpretation, perhaps thou doth protest too much.

  • Brett Moore

    So long as it’s not the federal government doing the educating, amIright???

  • D Reader

    I for one totally agree with Marcie. This article is a joke. Cruz should sue you for defamation. He does no more than quote Jason Riley (who you identify for our “benefit-“presumably-as a “black contributor writer for the Wall Street Journal”). As I recall Riley also wrote a book indicating the noxious effect of decades of liberal policies on minority groups-although you (conveniently) fail to mention this. Evidently , some sleazy liberal “journalist” from an otherwise unreadable inflammatory rag”Groi(n) ” or is it “Groan” (sarcasm intended) stalked Cruz during a speech in Williamson County–which is pretty far away from”D Front burner” territory in order to “interpret” the speech as” an attack on the intelligence of a minority group.” A pretty twisted interpretation since the concept was developed by a respected journalist for a national newspaper who is the member of the same minority group. Why you would help the “Groan” people do their deceptive dirty work is beyond me–must have been a slow day in Dallas. Of course you probably would be right up there accusing folks like Bill Cosby et al as “uncle Toms” because they have the guts to have an alternative interpretation of cultural malaise.

  • D Reader

    See above–If you think that his piece of garbage is “balanced”–you need help.

  • Michael J. Mooney

    At what point did I call this “an attack on the intelligence of a minority group”?

    I said he baked me dessert.

  • Mrs M