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Buttigieg’s Event in Chicago Black Neighborhood Drew in Mostly White Voters

Buttigieg’s Event in Chicago Black Neighborhood Drew in Mostly White Voters

“He has to get individuals within the African American community that people trust to advocate on his behalf.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsl3eVjD-Lo

Legal Insurrection has documented South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s inability to draw in the black voters since he announced his presidential candidacy.

Buttigieg still has a problem with black voters. He held an event in a historically black neighborhood in Chicago, but white people made up the majority of the audience.

The event took place in Bronzeville, located on the south side of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune noted a long line of people for the rally, but one woman across the street had no idea Buttigieg came to town:

Many of the supporters held “Chicago for Pete” signs, and wore bright yellow and blue “Mayor Pete” and “Boot Edge Edge” T-shirts (the campaign’s way of helping with pronunciation of the candidate’s last name).

“Whoa, where are they all coming from? I’ve been in this neighborhood for 20 years, and I ain’t never seen nothing like that before, all these white folks lined up over there. Never,” Ruby Laster said, pointing at the line of supporters as she waited for the bus across King Drive. “All I know about him is he’s a young man from Indiana. He should get some credit for coming down here, but you got to let the people know what’s going on. He needs to get some flyers in the businesses around here. I didn’t hear anything about it.”

Cordaro Johnson, one of the few black attendees at the Buttigieg event, told The Chicago Tribune that the candidate “has an uphill battle to attract more African American voters.”

Buttigieg managed to change Johnson from an undecided voter to a Buttigieg supporter. Johnson said the majority of black voters have chosen former Vice President Joe Biden as rides “the wave of being Barack Obama’s vice president.”

Johnson suggested Buttigieg “needs to find a way to reach those people, people like me, that he has actual real issues and real solutions to the problems that they’re facing.”

Darnell Perkins said Buttigieg needs to hire black people on his staff in order to reach black voters.

Rev. Chris Harris pushed the crowd “to help diversify the support of Buttigieg’s campaign.” He told them they “can’t leave your black and brown friends at home.”

The latest CNN poll has him with 7% of the black vote, down from 11% in June. In South Carolina, a Monmouth University poll showed him sitting at 1% among black voters. That is not good news since “61% of the Democratic primary voters are black” in the state.

The Indianapolis Star interviewed people at the National Urban League conference:

Some like his ideas but think he’s not ready to take on President Donald Trump. Others think he’s not done enough to stand out in a large field of candidates, many with much broader experiences and proven records. Several indicated he has to do more to earn the trust of African Americans and Latinos.

“I think he has to get advocates,” said Carlos Clanton, an Urban League official and school board member in Norfolk, Virginia. “He has to get individuals within the African American community that people trust to advocate on his behalf.”

Sherry Allen, 57, an information technology specialist in Sacramento, California, found him funny, charismatic and impressive. But at this point, she plans to vote for Harris.

She said her family has had its own run-ins with police brutality in California. She was glad Buttigieg was upfront during his address in discussing his failure to make the South Bend Police Department more diverse.

She also liked what he had to say in the first Democratic debate, where he told the national audience he “couldn’t get it done.” Allen thinks he may have a role in the next president’s administration. And he may be a successful candidate — some day.

“He’s learning,” she said. “He’ll get a chance eventually, not this time, but he’ll get recognition and he’ll grow.”

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2smartforlibs | August 21, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Lets start where the left finished. HOW MANY WERE PAID TO BE THERE?

“I think he has to get advocates,” said Carlos Clanton, an Urban League official and school board member in Norfolk, Virginia. “He has to get individuals within the African American community that people trust to advocate on his behalf.”

So, basically, this guy is rewording that he needs to have black friends. I love it when the wokes are skewered by their own quips and witticisms.

When he’s campaigning, Mayor Pete talks openly about his homosexuality and his big gay marriage, then he invokes Jesus Christ and Holy Scripture when he’s lamenting and criticizing and rebuking his conservative political opponent(s). That’s a surefire way to turn black voters off in a big way in a big hurry. So, it’s really no wonder that they didn’t show up.

    Paul in reply to FlatFoot. | August 21, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Yep, perhaps it is time for him to go “on the down low” and suspend his campaign. Nobody cares what this little totalitarian has to say. He’s a failure as mayor of a little podunk town, what makes him think he can be POTUS? Too many participation trophies as a kid, perhaps?

That makes him complicit in white supremacy.

Mayor Pete may never connect with blacks because they approach homosexuality differently than whites. This I do not state as fact, nor racist ‘trope’, simply I’m trying to summarize what I’ve observed in interviews and articles by blacks which claim there is a difference in LGBT acceptance.

Some interesting comments about “homophobia in the black community” at this source: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2015/05/26/why-cant-we-talk-about-homophobia-black-community

Here’s a quote from within the article above:

Clearly, hatred toward gay people is not unique to a race or culture. But are there unique factors at play in the black community in regard to attitudes toward LGBT people? Are the causes of black homophobia different? And is it helpful or harmful to consider factors like race when addressing bias in specific communities?

The answers to these questions are complex and vary, depending on whom you ask.

“Fuck, yes,” said Faith Cheltenham, a black bisexual woman and the head of BiNet USA, when asked if black homophobia is different than in other communities.

“The wave of ‘post-racial society’… got rid of this really entrenched approach to inclusion. We’ve seen a lot of slippage,” she said. “I know there’s a lot of black LGBT activists who are really angry that we keep on having the conversation about black homophobia. And I’m like, at the same time, black homophobia has not gone away. So it’s a very careful balance of understanding that.”

“Black homophobia is very different than white homophobia,” she maintained. When white families are homophobic, she said, they are more likely to kick their LGBT children out of their homes. Black families tend to turn to leaders in the church “to get rid of the demon of homosexuality,” she said. And they are much more likely to say, “I love you. I don’t love your sin.”

They were all rent-a-props.

legacyrepublican | August 21, 2019 at 6:44 pm

GLAAD some one told zer that White is the new Gay.

DouglasJBender | August 21, 2019 at 7:11 pm

I can’t stand to look at him. There’s just something…creepy about him.

Can we get a law passed that if these creeps are going to run for a different office they must resign their present office immediately. Why should we pay these creeps to be out of office running around all over the country on our dime. They’re paid to be IN the office they were elected not in Liberalyokelville ny running for a higher office.

Mr. Butt should pick up where kamala harris and her knee pads left off.

BerettaTomcat | August 22, 2019 at 2:19 am

“Boot Edge Edge” T-shirts (the campaign’s way of helping with pronunciation of the candidate’s last name).

“Boot Itch Itch” would be phonetically better.

We can’t say for sure these days that these were white people. They may self-identify as black… or space aliens with anal fixations… or Cherokees… We just can’t tell.

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