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The Daily BeastJun 24, 2019
‘Pete Has a Black Problem': Top Black Leaders Say Buttigieg Is ‘Naive' on Race
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyNORTH AUGUSTA, South Carolina—A few weeks ago, a prominent black leader posed what seemed like a simple question to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a private meeting: Who in the African-American community back home supports you?

"He didn't name anybody," the leader said in an interview with The Daily Beast. "If he's got young black supporters, they do have names."

That leader, who requested anonymity to speak openly about a private meeting, was not only referring to young supporters but expressing a sentiment that was apparent in talks with several African-American lawmakers: that Buttigieg's interactions with the black community in recent weeks were "naïve" and that the national perception of him as "genuine and authentic" was not always translating when it came to their concerns.

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