Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Slammed for Claiming That Being Gay is Similar to Black Oppression

Pete Buttigieg

*Mayor Pete Buttigieg caught some major heat recently for claiming that he understands the daily challenges and oppression faced by Black Americans because he is gay.

“While I do not have the experience of ever having been discriminated against because of the color of my skin, I do have the experience of sometimes feeling like a stranger in my own country, turning on the news and seeing my own rights come up for debate, and seeing my rights expanded by a coalition of people like me and people not at all like me,” Buttigieg said during the CNN debate earlier this month (via the Washington Post).

After the debate, Sen. Kamala Harris responded to his comments by telling CNN, “What he did on the stage, it’s just not productive, and I think it’s a bit naive.”

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Al Sharpton commended Harris’s response, telling the Washington Post: “I think Kamala had a point, and I understood what she was saying.”

Buttigieg was recently called a “lying motherf—er” by the Root columnist Michael Harriot after video from the mayor’s 2011 campaign resurfaced of him questioning if inner-city black kids have the proper role models to teach them about the value of an education.

“And there are a lot of kids—especially [in] the lower-income, minority neighborhoods—who literally just haven’t seen it work. There isn’t someone who they know personally who testifies to the value of education,” he said.

Buttigieg got on the phone with Harriot, upon which they had what The Root described as a “productive” conversation.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been called a ‘lying motherfucker’ before,” the mayor reportedly said during the chat.

You can read the full account of what went down during that call here.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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