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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg rebuked an attendee at an Iowa campaign stop on Independence Day for insisting the South Bend, Indiana, mayor tell the black residents of his hometown to "stop committing crimes and doing drugs."
Buttigieg, who has been mayor of South Bend since 2012, took questions from attendees Thursday at the Carroll County Democratic Party barbeque. One man, who identified himself as Dave Begley, proposed a new tactic to supposedly help the 2020 hopeful tackle the tensions between "police and the black community" in his hometown.
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"Mayor Pete, there has been some controversy in South Bend between the police and the black community, and I have a solution for you, and I'd like you to make a comment on my proposal," Bagley said. "Just tell the black people of South Bend to stop committing crime and doing drugs."
The question immediately drew resounding boos from the crowd.
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"Sir, racism is not going to help us get out of this," Buttigieg responded, before the man insisted that his question "has nothing to do with race."
Buttigieg went on to explain the ongoing "systemic racism" that exists in America. "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," the mayor said, adding that "racism makes it harder for good police officers to do their jobs."
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"It is a smear on law enforcement," he said.
After the crowd began cheering for Buttigieg's answer, the mayor waited for the applause to...
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