Race and policing have become important topics for Pete Buttigieg as he attempt to capture the 2020 Democratic nomination. The issues were pushed to the forefront for the South Bend Mayor when an officer in his town shot and killed a black man named Eric Logan.
Buttigieg returned home to South Bend for a while, but is now back on the campaign trail. While speaking to voters in Iowa yesterday, a man made what can be construed as a racist comment. Buttigieg respectfully scolded the man and told him that racism is not the answer.
The voter told Buttigieg that he should tell African Americans in his community to “stop committing crimes and doing drugs.” While the crowd booed the man, the South Bend Mayor attempted to answer his question.
Man booed at Pete Buttigieg event after racist comment.
"Racism is not going to help us get out of this," Buttigieg tells him, to applause. "Racism has no place in American politics or in American law enforcement. Next question." https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP pic.twitter.com/iBt6pwnr2H
— ABC News (@ABC) July 4, 2019
“Racism is not going to help us get out of this,” said Buttigieg. The man responded that his question didn’t have to do with race.
The South Bend Mayor responded, “The fact that a black person is four times as likely as a white person to be incarcerated for the exact same crime is evidence of systemic racism. It is evidence if systemic racism, and with all due respect, sir, racism makes it harder for good police officers to do their job too. It is a smear on law enforcement. Racism has no place in American politics or in American law enforcement.”
Buttigieg will continue his campaign as the Democratic field dwindles. The next debates will be taking place later on this summer.
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