2020-02-12 12:51:28

South Bend Politician: I Worked with Pete Buttigieg. He Did Not Respect Black Residents’ Struggles

2020 presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg has surprised many with his strong showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, two of the country’s whitest states.

But as the race moves on to South Carolina and Nevada, Buttigieg continues to poll extremely low with African-American voters.

His own former constituents are condemning his treatment of the black community in South Bend during his time as mayor, calling out systemic racism in the police force.

During Buttigieg’s tenure, black residents were 4.3 times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than white people.

Democracy Now! speaks with Henry Davis Jr., a South Bend city councilmember since 2008, as well as legendary feminist scholar Barbara Smith, co-founder of the Combahee River Collective.

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