A fun catch this weekend from The Intercept’s Ryan Grim deserves some extra notice, even if the catch itself comes with a catch or two. Pete Buttigieg has struggled to attract support in the key African-American demographic of Democrats, a voter group that has remained doggedly loyal to Joe Biden. In response, Mayor Pete’s campaign put out its Douglass Plan for Black America three weeks ago, less of a plan than a series of platitudes about workforce training, “Health Equity Zones,” and pouring more money and regulations into public education.
The issue isn’t the plan, however, but how Team Buttigieg tried to sell it. In the HBCU Times, the campaign through two of its proxies listed “over 400 South Carolinians who endorsed Pete Buttigieg’s Douglass Plan for Black America.” The article in the platform aimed specifically at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) included this:
“We are over 400 South Carolinians, including business owners, pastors, community leaders, and students. Together, we endorse his Douglass Plan for Black America, the most comprehensive roadmap for tackling systemic racism offered by a 2020 presidential candidate.”