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Buttigieg Proposes Broad Plan To Counter Racial Inequality

Struggling to resolve racial tensions in South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg exclusively shared with NPR his "Douglass Plan," named for the famed abolitionist. He compares it to the Marshall Plan.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stands for a portrait in Washington D.C. Source: Shuran Huang

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 last 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

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