Mayor Pete Accused Of “Racist Paternalism” After Viral Essay Blasts 2011 Stance On Minority Education Issues

Yahoo News reports:

If you were scrolling through Twitter on Tuesday morning, you may have seen a few topics trending: #TuesdayThoughts, #TuesdayMotivation, and one completely unrelated to the day of the week: “Pete Buttigieg Is A Lying MF.” The topic was trending due to an opinion piece written by The Root senior writer Michael Harriot.

In it, Harriot addressed a resurfaced video of Buttigieg from 2011, in which the presidential candidate said many minority children from low-income neighborhoods don’t know people who demonstrate the value of education, implying that seeing more role models would help them to succeed. At the time, Buttigieg was was running for mayor of South Bend, Ind.

Harriot held nothing back in his assessment of the mayor’s words. “I want to be clear: Pete Buttigieg is a lying motherf—ker. This is not a misunderstanding. This is not a misstatement. Pete Buttigieg went to the best educational institutions America has to offer and he — more than anyone on the goddamned planet — knows that everything he just said is a baldfaced lie,” he wrote, pointing to Buttigieg’s Harvard education.

Newsweek reports:

The Democratic primary candidate was scorched on social media shortly after the film surfaced, with commentators calling his argument “bulls**t bootstraps racist paternalism” and “victim blaming.”

The Root essay not only highlighted Buttigieg’s difficulty in connecting with black voters—a crucial Democratic demographic—but likely deepened it. He is polling strongly in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first caucus and primary states, but the battle for the Democratic nomination quickly moves (after Nevada) to South Carolina, where African-American support will be key.

Former Vice President Joe Biden currently leads the Democratic field in black support—a November 18 Quinnipiac Poll showed Biden supported by 44 percent of black voters and Buttigieg with less than 1 percent—and Buttigieg has acknowledged that he needs help.