Don’t bring any Black, Latino, or Asian potential spouses up in here if you want to get the money from your trust fund, said Vickers Cunningham to his children.
Vickers “Vic” Cunningham, a former Texas criminal district judge who is now running in the Republican primary for Dallas County commissioner, has admitted that he set up a trust fund, the benefits of which his children can only partake of if one condition is met — that they marry someone who is white.
Cunningham doubled down on his rule after his brother, Bill Cunningham, went to the Dallas Morning News to say that Vickers had been a lifelong racist.
While Vickers denied being a racist, he did tell the newspaper, “I strongly support traditional family values. If you marry a person of the opposite sex that’s Caucasian, that’s Christian, [you] will get a distribution.”
Cunningham said his views on interracial marriage have evolved since he set up the trust, but that he can’t (or won’t?) change the terms. He claims to have accepted his son’s relationship with a Vietnamese woman.
The Dallas Morning News further reports:
A former political aide of Cunningham’s described him making repeated racist statements. A text message from Cunningham’s son showed concern that his father would not accept his relationship with an Asian woman. And in a recorded conversation, Cunningham’s mother, Mina Cunningham, acknowledged her son had been a longtime bigot.
Vic Cunningham is running for commissioner in a county that is majority minority, with blacks and Hispanics making up a large portion of the population. As a judge in the county for 10 years, he sent scores of black and Hispanic people to prison after they were convicted of crimes. He said that his views on his children marrying outside their race never translated into unfairness on the bench or discrimination in any way.