You know, I had dismissed Mayor Pete long ago.
Mayor of a small town in Indiana being qualified for President?
No, I don’t think so.
But…he went to Harvard…
So did Julian Castro. …and, he was a mayor of a town 10 times the size of South Bend and was a Cabinet Member during 44’s Administration.
But…he was a Rhodes Scholar..
So was Cory Booker…who was mayor of a town 3 times the size of South Bend, AND got elected statewide to the office of United States Senator.
And, then, they try to do the Obama comparisons.
Um, no. By the time Barack Obama ran for President, he had been in the Illinois Senate for a decade. His Illinois Senate District was twice the size of South Bend. And, he was an elected United States Senator. So, stop with that foolishness of comparing him to Obama.
Now, we have Mayor Pete atop of the leader board at the Iowa Caucus.
So, here’s the latest South Carolina Poll:
And, this is his problem. He has no traction with the BASE of this party.
A few weeks ago, this ugly trope started to come out about the South Carolina Black voters, I believe, put forth by Mayor Pete’s team in a bid to discount them and their importance. Based upon a focus group of 24 people done back in JULY…..
The trope began that Black people weren’t voting for Mayor Pete because he was gay. That they couldn’t see what an AWESOME candidate that he was because of his sexuality, because Black people are so tremendously homophobic.
Are some Black people homophobic?
But, no more than the general population.
And, even with those that are homophobic, let’s get this straight…
It’s NOT Black people who had funded all these state anti-gay measures that have been placed on ballots all across the country.
It’s NOT Black people who are funding NOW, the anti-LGBTQ cases working through our court systems.
It’s NOT Black people who vote in legislators on the state level that put forth laws to limit the rights of LGBTQ people.
It’s NOT Black people who are pushing for the ‘religious exemption’ like that bullshyt baker case.
BLACK PEOPLE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY OF THAT HATEFUL NONSENSE.
So, get the ENTIRE Phuck Outta Here, trying to push the meme that Black homophobia is behind them not supporting Mayor Pete.
Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post had a good piece about this, and how the ‘ Black people are so homophobic’ trope is just insulting and wrong.
From Capehart’s article:
Folks harping on black homophobia conveniently ignore the four straight black men who led on gay rights during the Obama administration — most notably President Barack Obama and then-Attorney General Eric Holder. And folks harping on black homophobia ignore how the Trump administration, since day one, has been laying siege to all the Obama-era LGBTQ equality regulations and protections.
African Americans have evolved on LGBTQ equality just like everyone else. According to the Pew Research Center, only 29 percent of blacks supported same-sex marriage in 2009. Ten years later, a majority (51 percent) now does. Sure, that is lower than other ethnic groups, but not significantly so. Also, citing that gap contributes to the intellectual laziness on this matter especially while ignoring other relevant data points. A recent survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) has a raft of data that obliterates the blacks-riven-with-homophobia myth. When looking at the numbers below, keep in mind that 69 percent of all Americans favor laws protecting LGBTQ Americans against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations and housing.
· 65 percent of all African Americans “favor laws that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing.”
· 65 percent of black Protestants “support laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination in housing, public accommodations, and the workplace.”
· 67 percent of black Protestant Democrats “support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.”
· 68 percent of black Democrats and 65 percent of black independents “support for nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.”
· 73 percent of young black Americans “favor LGBT nondiscrimination protections.”
· 54 percent of senior black Americans (age 65 and older) “favor LGBT nondiscrimination protections.”
· 60 percent of black men and 69 percent of black women “favor nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.”
So, yeah, take your ‘Black people are so homophobic’ nonsense and shove it.
Black people mess up a large part of Mayor Pete’s schtick. He’s the moderate, who talks so, oh so sincere about faith. Well, you can’t out faith the most religious group, by every study’s count done- the BLACK base of the Democratic Party. They are one group that will never accept being lectured to them about faith, Mayor Pete.
Let’s outline Mayor Pete’s problems with the Black Community.
Nobody knew who he was. He had no ties to anyone in the South. Nobody could vouch for him. So, Black people went to South Bend looking for some sort of feel of what Mayor Pete would do as President, by asking Black folks in South Bend what he did as Mayor.
The answers were not good. From a gentrification plan that decimated Black neighborhoods to a problem with the police, the answers Black voters seeking to find out about Mayor Pete, came back not good. A racist police force goes head to head with a Black Chief, and the Black Chief gets fired. And, the racist cops are still on the force. At the end of his term, there were FEWER Blacks on the South Bend Police Department than when he began. During this election cycle, there was police involved shooting, and his response was underwhelming.
From the beginning, he was always ‘reaching out’. He could reach out to Trump Voters. How we had to see how Dolt45 got elected. We know how he got elected. We know the basis of his support. But, Mayor Pete was never honest about that.
Then, there was the numerous times when he was throwing shade on either President Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton- one a successful two-term President and the other the highest vote getter in election history aside from the successful two-term President.
Yeah, had the nerve to throw shade at both of them.
So, Black folk paying attention, made up their minds accordingly.
In response, he comes up with the so-called Douglass (as in Frederick) Plan for Black America. Made a show of putting it out, and even claimed all this Black support for it.
You notice that I used the word CLAIMED.
Cause, find out, reporters start calling up the Black folks that he’s got listed on it, and they are like,
‘ I NEVER SIGNED ONTO IT.’
‘ NOPE. I DON’T KNOW WHO HE’S TALKING ABOUT, BUT, IT ‘S NOT ME.’
So, Mayor Pete put out a plan, claimed all these Black folks signed onto is…only to find out that they didn’t….
He used STOCK PHOTOS FROM KENYA to accompany it.
As usual, Twitter understands the problem:
This is all true😒😒
The photo was there for months?😒😒
Trump/Pence are modern war treasonists. (@RobertWalter) Tweeted:
@BETNews @docrocktex26 Same deceptive shit Trump folks were using in their FB ads to show support from women and minorities, except pics were taken from internet and quotes were fake.
Let’s remember Mayor Pete is a buddy of Zuck and there are links betw his campaign management and Facebook management.
Paychecko (@Paychecko) Tweeted:
@BETNews It isn’t just the photo. It’s also that the mayor of a ~30% black city didn’t have photos with any actual black supporters to use. AND that Pete lied about endorsements from 400 black SC voters—many of whom are either not black or not supporters. That’s the real story here! https://twitter.com/Paychecko/status/1196563568742846471?s=20
Ally (@allyaranda) Tweeted:
@BETNews The stock photo from Kenya is embarrassing but the real problem is that he lied about how much support he had. He faked a bunch of the endorsements. https://twitter.com/allyaranda/status/1196584848502050817?s=20
So, the latest is a video that has surfaced of Mayor Pete talking to a TEA PARTY GROUP.
Yeah, THAT Tea Party.
Mayor Pete and the Tea Party?😠
A debate on the authenticity of the Tea Party video.
Uh huh 😒🤨
She’s not wrong. Every turn…Mayor Pete needed to be ‘clarified’. Even though English is our primary language, we’re just not ‘ understanding’ Mayor Pete. All along, we dumb Black folks have needed to be EXPLAINED TO, what Mayor Pete REALLY meant. Our understanding of English just isn’t that good.
Yes… remind us about that Tea Party history 😠
The Twitter Streets knew….they’ve always known about Mayor Pete.
I hadn’t thought about this 🤔🤔🤔
You want to know why Black folks aren’t feeling Mayor Pete?
Because, he’s a phony. A fraud. He doesn’t respect us, and we know it, and respond in kind.
He tried to throw Big Mama and them in South Carolina under the bus based upon a 24 person focus group, and didn’t think that we wouldn’t smell out that nonsense? That we wouldn’t be offended FOR Big mama and them in South Carolina, and adjacent, all other Southern Black voters, because THAT is who he was insulting. THAT is who he was trying to get the media to disregard and disrespect.
I’ve always thought the reason why the Black Voting Community is so maligned, is because we are a practical bunch. We don’t fall for bright shiny objects like others. We always vote for what we believe are in our best interests. We really do have a lot of agency when it comes to our voting. So, the ridiculous pundits who arrogantly believe that the Black voters in South Carolina, throughout the South, as well as other diverse states, are awaiting with baited breath to see what Iowa and New Hampshire have voted on….you are on one. No. We don’t look to Iowa and New Hampshire to decide about the candidate who best represents what we want for our families and communities.
Mayor Pete might be Iowa’s bright shiny object, but he’s not, nor will he ever be OURS.