DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Although the liberal elite vociferously deny it, black people in America are substantially less likely to vote for a homosexual candidate than are whites and Hispanics.
Openly homosexual Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, although rising in the polls, admits he is finding it difficult to connect with black voters. He is polling well in predominantly white Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two contests of the primary season, and is even the front runner in Iowa. Yet, unlike most of his primary opponents, he polls poorly among black voters, without whom he cannot win the Democratic nomination.
It's not that he comes from an all-white background; 27% of South Bend where he is mayor is black. He is not a conservative with a message black people could easily misconstrue as being "racist" or favoring "white privilege." He is liberal like the other Democratic candidates running for president. What makes Buttigieg stand out is his openly homosexual lifestyle, "married" to his "husband."
A recent Monmouth University poll has Buttigieg ranked sixth in South Carolina, with only 3% support — a state where the black electorate makes up more than 60% of the Democratic vote. A recent Fox News survey showed Buttigieg at less than one percent with black voters in that state.
According to a leaked internal campaign memo, the Buttigieg campaign held focus groups in South Carolina that suggested "being gay was a barrier" for the candidate. The memo noted it was a problem "particularly for the men who seemed deeply uncomfortable even discussing it."
"That's not my thing ... too much information," one female participant under 40 responded.
"I'll go ahead and say it, I don't like the fact that he threw out there that he lives with his husband," one male participant said.
A South Carolina Democratic National Committee (DNC) member who now advises Cory Booker for president noted, "I've been a black guy all my life in the South and it is one of those things. African-Americans, when it comes to certain things, are very conservative. If you needed a focus group to tell you that, ok."
Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile suggested Buttigieg should emphasize his religious faith, which seems to poll well with older women.
On the other hand, one S.C. black male voter asked rhetorically, "How can you refer to God when a lot of people think you're living ungodly? You know what I'm saying?"
A Pew Research poll in 2014 found that around four in ten black Americans (42 %) support "same-sex marriage," 11 percentage points below white people, who support it at 53%.
Meanwhile, seven in 10 black Americans (70%) said that homosexual behavior is a sin, compared to 47% of white Americans who said the same. Pew polling in 2019 found 62% of white people now favor same-sex "marriage," compared to 58% of Hispanics and just 51% of black people.
Additionally, 88% of self-described liberals support same-sex "marriage" while only 36% of self-described conservatives support it.
Traditionally, the black community in America has been conservative on family and cultural issues but liberal on racial and economic ones. Black churches and their pastors have generally given voice to family and sexual values despite the relative silence that has stifled the Gospel in many Christian communities at large.
On these matters black Democrats do not seem aligned with white liberal elites in their party, yet they still overwhelmingly vote Democrat — black people who are pro-life and support natural marriage voted 96% for Clinton over Trump in 2016.
The fact that Pete Buttigieg is polling badly among black primary voters lends support to the claim that black people are generally less comfortable voting for a practicing homosexual — a fact that has elicited denial within the liberal elite mainstream media.
New York Times columnist Charles Blow blasted the idea that "homophobia" has anything to do with Buttigieg's poor polling among black voters, calling it a "disgusting, racist trope." Boston Globe columnist Renée Graham called concerns over black "homophobia" and homosexual candidates a "rancid narrative." Fellow Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris calls the notion that black people are less likely to vote for a homosexual candidate "just nonsense." She told CNN that "to label one community in particular as being burdened by this bias as compared to others is misinformed, it's misdirected and it's just simply wrong."
Statistics, experience and Buttigieg's internal numbers, however, seem to indicate otherwise.