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This Clip of Buttigieg Just Made Things Worse Between Him and the Black Community

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This Clip of Buttigieg Just Made Things Worse Between Him and the Black Community

Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana as well as one of the now top-ranked Democratic candidates currently running for president.

However, Buttigieg has been in a constant struggle to try and gain support from the black community and this is mostly the result of some bad judgment calls. The most recent polling results show that he is at zero percent support with the black community in South Carolina.

Now thanks to a recent video that surfaced from 2011, those numbers are going to get worse…well, if it were possible.

In the video, Buttigieg is discussion education in black communities.

“Kids need to see evidence that education is going to work for them. You see a lot of parts of town where—” Buttigieg says before another participant interrupts.

Buttigieg then proceeds saying, “Yeah. Because you’re motivated because—you believe that at the end of your educational process, there’s a reward. There’s a stable life. There’s a job. And there are a lot of kids, especially the lower-income, minority neighborhoods, who literally just haven’t seen it work. There isn’t somebody they know personally who testifies to the value of education.”

According to Town Hall,

To gauge how the black community feels about the Indianan in light of the new video, you can look no further than a new piece from The Root entitled, simply, “Pete Buttigieg is a Lying MF.” In his writeup, Michael Harriot paints Buttigieg as a privileged hypocrite.

“But even though Buttigieg has never attended a school with more than 10 percent black students, he thinks he knows what’s stopping black kids from achieving their educational dreams,” Harriot writes.

The people running the Buttigieg campaign made a strong effort to explain away the remark. His spokesperson said, “Pete’s point is that we have to recognize that structural barriers persist in our public education system, and that these barriers disproportionately impact low-income and minority communities.”

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

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