On the campaign trail, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (like Nancy Klobucher and other presidential candidates) has emphasized his ties to the “American Heartland.” The Midwest has long been viewed as an area known for moderate and common sense politics. However, a recent reference by Buttigieg to his roots in the “American Heartland” has led former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien to denounce his words as a racist “dog whistle.”
O’Brien tweeted “It is a dog whistle . . . And maybe Mayor Pete isn’t aware of that. There is nothing more virtuous about a vision honed in the Heartland. Again—he should sit with his staffers of color and have them explain this to him.”
He is not the only one who may need such an explanation. I am from the Midwest and we have many neighbors of color. Yet, we all take pride in Midwestern values and common sense. Some of us would be happy to sit down with staff to explain that point of regional meaning and pride.
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Here is a good video of a Former Black Democrat Campaign manager who joined #walkaway and became a Republican.
Earlier, Peter Shill asked why so many blacks are Democrats. Maybe this help clear things up for him.
Flyover country, the real America.
Peter Shill’s diatribe on the Koch Bros, reminds me of the Wizard of Oz and the scary forest- to wit: “The Kochs, and Fox News and Trump, Oh My!” “The Kochs, and Fox News and Trump, Oh My!”
I guess it beats him sucking his thumb and curling up in a fetal position in a Safe Space at the University of Wisconsin.
Tony – do you mean you mean when Squeeky posts accurate statistics?
Did you catch this?
We’ll have our first morbidly obese president since Wm. Howard Taft. You can take it to the bank.
She better keep an eye out for Rachel Dolezal.
I can think of another…
That one wil never make it in any country and western constitutency nor sell himself singing songs about the heartand. except maybe the pockets of snowflakes here and there.
I’M SICK OF THE RACISTS THAT KEEP USING DOG WHISTLE.. NO SUCH THING JUST A MADE UP EXPRESSION…
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