Resurfaced Video Buttigieg Just Worsened His Support From The Black Community

South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg has been climbing his way up in the polls. While not the leading Democratic candidate, he’s gaining ground and could soon overtake Sanders or Warren, though he already has in some states.

But Buttigieg has a problem that he needs to overcome. He has no support at all from the black community in South Carolina, and has been the result of some bad judgment calls.

Just recently, a video that surfaced from back in 2011 and they don’t help his numbers at all.

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 goes on to say, “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.

Buttigieg’s 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.”

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