Democrats at the presidential debate in Detroit are weighing in on the nation’s race issues.
Pointing to water problems in communities like Flint, Michigan, author Marianne Williamson says poor, minority areas fall victim to a “collectivized hatred” that only deepens their problems.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says Democrats must show they can “delegate an urban agenda” for substantive changes in schools and affordable housing.
Asked how she would combat white supremacy, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she would call it out as “domestic terrorism,” blaming President Donald Trump for racially unequal policies in economics and education.
Tuesday’s debate is the first since Trump used racist language to attack four Democratic congresswomen of color, calling on them to “go back” to their countries even though all four are U.S. citizens. Multiple candidates throughout the evening pointed to the fact that hate crimes have risen in the U.S. in the last three years.
Pete Buttigieg says that as mayor of the diverse town of South Bend, Indiana, “the racial divide lives within me.”
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During Tuesday’s debate, Buttigieg was asked how he would convince black voters that he should be the Democratic presidential nominee.
Buttigieg, who is white, says he didn’t become mayor “to end racism,” but he had worked on issues of race, crime and poverty affecting communities of color.
Buttigieg has been criticized for his handling of a police-involved shooting that took him off the campaign trail last month. He came home to a black community that was frustrated and outraged nearly five years after the Black Lives Matter movement was born amid increased awareness about the shootings of unarmed black men by police.