“Almost all of the diversity of our youths was in a single school district,” says Pete Buttigieg. “I was slow to realize.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told Reverend William Barber that he didn’t notice South Bend’s public schools were segregated.

Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend.

“I have to confess that I was slow to realize — I worked for years under the illusion that our schools in my city were integrated… But what I slowly realized… if you looked at the county, almost all of the diversity of our youths was in a single school district,” Buttigieg said in an interview with Rev. William Barber III.

Yes. “All the diversity of our youths was in a single school district,” is a weird formulation.

But that he didn’t realize that integration was an illusion in his city?

Buttigieg is either a liar or suffers from too common a white blindspot.

In Indiana, more than 70 percent of black students attend a non-white majority school,

In 2015, several South Bend schools showed concentrated black enrollment, inconsistent with county racial realities.

So, when did Mayor Buttigieg notice?

As the data shows, the segregation of South Bend schools have a long history and is consistent with segregation throughout Indiana schools.

Indiana schools, like Illinois schools, are primarily funded by local property taxes which reinforces racial inequality in public education.

The New York Times:

The inequity of education finance in the United States is a feature of the system, not a bug, stemming from its great degree of decentralization and its reliance on local property taxes.

 

14 thoughts on ““Almost all of the diversity of our youths was in a single school district,” says Pete Buttigieg. “I was slow to realize.”

  1. “Buttigieg is either a liar or suffers from too common a white blindspot.”
    Let me state it this way, Buttigieg is a liar.
    To give merely one other example of his being a liar, his Medicare for All stance has shifted against it to a more Republican, Heritage Foundation approved stance. He claims to believe in the incremental and choice-filled approach because it serves all Americans. What’s really behind his “shift.”
    “His list of donors includes executives from Aetna, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer and Indiana’s Eli Lilly & Co.”
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/13/justice-democrats-accuses-buttigieg-abandoning-medicare-all-after-taking-tons-cash

  2. Buttigieg is a corporate tool…who will be used to attack former Republican Warren for corporate sponsored Biden…fixed is the word.

    If Corporations own America…who owns the election?

    We… the people?…?

    Free elections are for free people.

    Are we free?…or…Are we owned?

  3. How many people don’t eat enough because billionaires have too much?

    There’s only one pie…for every one.

    Gluttony is the word.

  4. The goal of Capitalism was always Oligarchy.

    The rich get richer until they rule…The poor get poorer until they are overruled.

    It’s still a hard rain gonna fall…the tongues of freedom are broken?

    We must speak now or forever hold our peace.

  5. &, Eric: “We must speak now” or forever lose our piece. Of the pie, that is.

    Plenty enough pie for every one.,,if only the pie hoarders would let it out of their private bakeries.

    At this point…perhaps cake is a better metaphorical pastry to ride…as in, “let them eat it”?

    The cake story has a better ending…Oh,Marie!

  6. “Tax the rich…feed the poor…till there are no rich no more”…Everybody sing!…Louder!!…Billionaires too?

    Billionaires care about poor hungry children.

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