Peter Buttigieg is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a Democrat presidential hopeful who, until recently, was making some real waves among the two dozen or so other candidates.
But then, on June 16th, there was Eric Logan: a Black suspect shot and killed by a White police officer.
Suddenly, demands were being made that – regardless of the circumstances of the shooting (the officer says Logan was coming at him with a knife) Buttigieg must fire the cop, fire the police commissioner, etc. etc. – and howls that if he didn’t do so he was a racist.
That is where things stand as of now.
Between that controversy, the fact that many other Democrat candidates are very positively received by Blacks, and that two candidates are, themselves, Black, Buttigieg’s standing with Black voters is roughly between nowhere and suburban nowhere.
What to do, what to do?
The answer? What leftward Democrats usually do with Black voters. Pander. Pander hard. Pander more than the competition.
Here is Mayor Buttigieg’s pander attempt, via excerpts from Rachel Martin and Josh Axelrod’s article for NPR:
Countering skeptics who doubt he can win crucial African American voters in the 2020 Democratic primary, Buttigieg rolled out the details of his plan to combat systemic racial inequality, named for legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass, on NPR’s Morning Edition.
“If you’re a white candidate, it is twice as important for you to be talking about racial inequity and not just describing the problem — which is fashionable in politics — but actually talking about what we’re going to do about it and describing the outcomes we’re trying to solve for,” Buttigieg told NPR.
His “Douglass Plan” aims to establish a $10 billion fund for black entrepreneurs over five years, invest $25 billion in historically black colleges, legalize marijuana, expunge past drug convictions, reduce the prison population by half and pass a new Voting Rights Act to further empower the federal government to ensure voting access.
His campaign says it is equal in scale to the Marshall Plan, which used the equivalent of approximately $100 billion at current value to rebuild Europe after World War II. Buttigieg says the program would be enacted alongside potential direct reparations for slavery, not in place of it.
When you pander to a group you, inherently, tell them what you think of them.
Aside from the $35 billion dollars to fund Black businesses and Black colleges (non-Blacks need not apply), Black voters are supposed to be impressed by:
-legalizing marijuana (puff away, guys),
-expunging past drug convictions (forget about what you were guilty of),
-halving the prison population (no jail time for things you were convicted of and jailed for) and
-a new voting rights act (you think you have a right to vote? Now you really have one).
-Oh, and here’s money for slavery, which you never experienced, your parents never experienced, almost none of your grandparents ever experienced, not to mention the fact that your family may not have even been in the United States when it was going on.
Suppose you are a Black man, with a wife, and a couple of kids, working at a job and supporting your family. Which part of this is supposed to resonate with you?
What are you supposed to walk away with, other than the understanding that Peter Buttigieg thinks the more things he hands you, and the more dissolute behaviors he gives you a free pass on – presumably because he thinks, you being Black, must be engaging in them – the more you will come running to his side?
And that’s before we get to the fact that other Democrat candidates, who do not have Buttigieg’s “Black problem”, are offering, or at least receptive to offering, some of the same things: certainly reparations.
This is supposed to boom up Buttigieg’s standing with Black voters????? The voters a Democrat must have to win the presidency?
It has been reported that Peter Buttigieg raked in almost $25 million dollars in the last quarter for his presidential campaign.
To the folks who sent in those donations: sorry to give you the news, folks, but presidentially speaking, Peter Buttigieg is a dead man walking.