AP Interview: Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s straight talk on race

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) has a message for white liberals who decry racism: “Good intentions are not going to be enough.”

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor is combating perceptions that he’s out of touch with African Americans and will struggle to win their votes. On Thursday, he’s unveiling his most detailed proposals yet to address the systemic racism that affects the black community. And he’s pairing that with candid talk aimed at white Democrats.

Buttigieg says in an interview with The Associated Press, “White Democratic voters want to do the right thing but maybe haven’t fully thought about what that means or what that requires” of them. He says, “The reality is America as a whole is worse off when these inequities exist.”

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