Sen. Kamala Harris has promised blacks $100 billion for housing if she is elected president.
Pete Buttigieg, the gay white mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has decided to unveil a plan exclusively for blacks far beyond the redistributed white taxpayer dollars of Kamala’s deepest, darkest desires. [Buttigieg Proposes Broad Plan To Counter Racial Inequality, NPR.com, July 11, 2019]:
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg got a really big boost to his campaign recently, announcing a staggering $24.8 million fundraising haul over the past three months.
But that hasn’t changed one of the toughest realities his candidacy faces: support among black voters that barely registers in the polls.
Countering skeptics who doubt he can win crucial African American voters in the 2020 Democratic primary, Buttigieg rolled out the details of his plan to combat systemic racial inequality, named for legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass, on NPR’s Morning Edition.
“If you’re a white candidate, it is twice as important for you to be talking about racial inequity and not just describing the problem — which is fashionable in politics — but actually talking about what we’re going to do about it and describing the outcomes we’re trying to solve for,” Buttigieg told NPR.
His “Douglass Plan” aims to establish a $10 billion fund for black entrepreneurs over five years, invest $25 billion in historically black colleges, legalize marijuana, expunge past drug convictions, reduce the prison population by half and pass a new Voting Rights Act to further empower the federal government to ensure voting access.
His campaign says it is equal in scale to the Marshall Plan, which used the equivalent of approximately $100 billion at current value to rebuild Europe after World War II. Buttigieg says the program would be enacted alongside potential direct reparations for slavery, not in place of it.
The two-term mayor also supports aconstitutional amendment to abolish the death penalty, and intends to expand the Supreme Court and eradicate the Electoral College.
Buttigieg ties these lofty goals like changing the Constitution to his campaign’s central theme of generational change.
“I don’t know where we got the idea that it’s impossible to do these things,” he said. “This is a country that changed the Constitution so you couldn’t buy a drink and then changed its mind and changed it back. Are you really telling me that we are incapable of using one of the most elegant features of our constitutional system?”
On his Douglass Plan:
[The Marshall Plan]demonstrates what America can do when we’re serious. America basically rebuilt Europe after World War II, and what we need to do now is an investment of comparable ambition right here at home, because what we’ve learned is that racist policies being replaced by neutral policies is not enough, that the inequities that we have in our country were put in intentionally by generations and sometimes centuries of racist policy. They’re not going to go away just because you replace a racist system with a neutral one.
We need to intentionally invest in health, in home ownership, in entrepreneurship, in access to democracy, in economic empowerment. If we don’t do these things, we shouldn’t be surprised that racial inequality persists because inequalities compound. Just like a dollar saved, a dollar stolen also compounds. And I think that helps to explain the persistent racial inequality that we have in our national life today.
I think [the Douglass Plan] does not take the place of the conversation around reparations. I also support passing H.R. 40. I would sign it, which would create a commission to look at reparations. But I do think that this is also restorative, in the same way that reparations is intended to be. This is not a gift. This is a restoration. It is trying to address generational harms and specific intentional theft that took place.
On engaging white Americans in the conversation around racism
I think we’ll know we’re getting somewhere when this is not regarded as some specialty issue that candidates of color talk about or that we only talk about when addressing voters of color. This is a conversation that, frankly, white America needs to have too, because white America needs to face the roots of these inequities and the fact of systemic racism all around us. It’s the air we breathe.
I had a challenging conversation with our own police department where, when I talked about systemic racism in addressing officers, many of them felt that it was a personal attack. I need them to understand, especially white officers, the ways in which, no matter how good their intentions might be, that systemic racism is something they in particular need to be conscious of and need to understand how to be part of the solution on. So this is not something that only candidates of color should be talking about — very much to the contrary.
If you want to remain an elected Democrat as a white male, ranting about “systemic racism” being in the air we breath is your only ticket to remain viable amidst the rising tide of color capsizing the historic America nation.
Pete Buttigieg has absolutely no chance to win the nomination of the Democrat Party for POTUS in 2020, but this plan for blacks is a window into the mindset of white Democrats hoping to stay in power: white taxpayers open their wallets to blacks nationwide, as punishment for merely breathing.
After all, when whites breath, they perpetuate “systemic racism.”