In a recent poll, South Bend, Indiana’s Mayor and White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg is not doing so well when it comes to black voters. And for a Democratic presidential candidate, this could pose a huge problem.
According to this poll, he has only 1 percent of the support of black voters. However, at this point, it is hard to tell exactly what is causing such a low number.
Some say that is the Buttigieg’s low name recognition. After all, he has not been around for years as Senator Bernie Sanders or former Vice President Joe Biden. And neither does he have quite the charisma and take-charge attitude of those like Senator Kamala Harris.
In fact, when a survey was taken in early August by Morning Consult, it was noted that 62 percent of black Democratic voters did not even know who Buttigieg was. Therefore, it stands to reason that he could grow in popularity among them as he continues his campaign and makes more headway towards the Oval Office.
However, as extensive travel has begun in early primary and caucus states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, people are quickly becoming acquainted with the Mayor of South Bend. And not all are liking what they see and learn about him.
Which leads us to another reason as to why he might not be doing so well in the polls, they don’t like him.
As he travels, voters are learning about a recent shooting of a black man by a white cop in Buttigieg’s city. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the mayor has pretty much-taken responsibility of the incident and the tremendous amount of racial tension by admitting that he failed to accurately represent African American community members in his police force. Obviously, this would not sit well with many black voters.
However, they have also recently learned about his same-sex marriage, and not all are very comfortable with it.
In South Carolina, a state with a significant black population and strong church presence, it will be crucial for him to win in the early primaries. However, that may prove difficult because of his sexuality, especially for black voters who attend church.
Pastor Joe Darby of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a leader for the local NAACP says, “It’s a heavy lift in the black church. Just as nobody who is racist like to say, ‘I’m a racist,’ nobody who is homophobic in the black community likes to say, ‘I’m homophobic.’
Many are up in the air on the matter; after all, the Christian bible explicitly condemns homosexuality but also commands that we love our neighbors as ourselves.
According to recent polls by the Pew Research Center, about 44 percent of black Protestants agree with same-sex marriages. This lends itself to the idea that of all racial demographics in the US, blacks have the least amount of support and slower to come around to the concept of homosexuality. About 51 percent of the black community as a whole supports same-sex marriage; in comparison, 58% of Hispanics and 62% of whites do.
Some such as members of a Greenville Baptist church didn’t seem to have problem with a potential president being gay, saying that if he could beat President Trump and had the right policies, they would be possibly willing to vote for him.
And yet others, such as Reverend Robert E Fowler of the Victory Missionary Baptist Church in Las Vegas, says that homosexuality is “enough to send you to hell.”
Such statements are usually frowned upon and even openly condemned by the left, but because Fowler recently hosted presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Cory Booker in his church, it was seen as acceptable by some strange happenstance.
However, in 2008, when similar comments were said by a Mormon preacher who endorsed Mitt Romney, the press had a field day. And the thing happened when anti-Semitic pastor John Hagee endorsed Senator John McCain in the same election. The only difference is that these were Republicans.
Which brings us to the realization that the left is OK with a lot of things that they say they aren’t, including extreme social conservatism in their own party, just so long as those people vote left and don’t raise a fuss. However, don’t think that their ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy hasn’t been noticed or be left to hide out in the dark during the upcoming election. We are calling your bluff.