Black Americans understand one simple, albeit unfortunate, truth: we have to be twice as good as white men in order to earn half as much as they are given in this life.
So far, the Democratic primaries have been a case in point. Harris and Booker – who have equal or greater levels of education than Buttigieg, with far more experience – were quickly ushered out of the presidential race. Buttigieg not only remains on the stage, he stands a chance of winning.
Being more qualified than a white candidate only to be routinely passed over is all too familiar for black men and women across the country.
Second, Buttigieg’s disposition towards the black people of South Bend, Indiana, sticks in our minds. We took notice when he smugly told a black woman who was protesting the death of Eric Logan: “I’m not asking for your vote.”