The Bias That Dare Not Be Named

The mainstream media is suddenly aware that Mayor Pete has a problem with black people. And they have a dilemma with that.

Since a Quinnipiac poll of Democratic voters in SC came out a few days ago showing Pete Buttigieg’s support among blacks at zero — as in “Zip, zero, nada” — the MSM have been scratching their collective skulls trying to fathom out why, as well as prescribe a cure.

There’s good reason for them to be concerned. They like Mayor Pete. They like his style and they like his lifestyle. They also understand that he is the best candidate to run in the “moderate lane” of the Democratic primaries, the lane now dominated by Joe Biden, whom the smart set view as a loser. Somebody’s got to save the hedge fund billionaires and bankers from Crazy Bernie and that Warren woman, and McKinsey Pete looks to be the one.

But no Democrat stands a chance without rock-solid, monolithic, brain-dead and robotic black support. (There’s a second Rush allusion for you, fans.) Pete has none. Money, he’s got; black support, he doesn’t.

This has lead, however, to a real conundrum. How do you analyze the Buttigieg problem without talking about black revulsion towards homosexuals? How do you describe what blacks say and think about Gay Pete without acknowledging black bigotry and bias against another minority?

Can black Americans really be the villains and not the victims in a narrative about politics and discrimination without progressive heads exploding?

The elite media handled a similar problem once before, with California’s famous Proposition 8. The success of that ballot initiative limiting marriages to those between a man and a woman was powered by overwhelming black support. But in the election aftermath, the pro-gay media pinned the blame on California’s Mormons, a politically conservative group. The LDS, not sacred black people, became the scapegoats for “Prop Hate.”

Unfortunately, few Mormons live and vote Democratic in SC. And so you get articles like the one which appeared in today’s NY Times. The reporter, Reid Epstein, spends paragraph after paragraph avoiding any mention of black bias against gays. Every cock-and-bull reason for Mayor’s Pete’s lack of black support is presented:

“He needs to get into the communities.”

“As people get to know him…”

“He needs more black surrogates…”

“The fatal shooting of a black man by a white South Bend police officer…”

He lied about some black support he didn’t have.

His “husband” sent out a photo of nothing but all-white supporters in New Orleans.

“He was not always responsive…”

Nothing about black homophobia. Not a word.

In brief, the exact polar opposite of what the mainstream media would trumpet every single hour of every single day with a sneer and a laugh if Buttigieg was a Republican running in GOP primaries and was unable to get Evangelical backing.

Then it would be Hate, Hate, Hate!

God, isn’t it great to control the narrative? Don’t you wish our side did?

Like we used to, before we were persuaded that it would be better if we gave up that power.

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40 thoughts on “The Bias That Dare Not Be Named”

  1. I am having some word fun. “For these blacks the decision is clear there are no gay areas of confusion.”

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  2. Coincidentally, I was thinking about this very issue earlier today. If the Democrats nominate Mayor Pete, they will lose. Guaranteed. For the reason you state. And yet, not even “conservative” media will point out the obvious.

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  3. Freesmith:
    Nothing about black homophobia. Not a word.

    Black homophobia. That must strike terror in the heart of Lefty. Intersectionality can be tough. Maybe if Pete converted to Islam…

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  4. Spot on essay, Freesmith.

    It is amusing to see liberals twist themselves into pretzels to avoid sabotaging their own identity-politics ploy.

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  5. Ehhh, It’s not just blacks but they might be the only ones who will be free to express that opinion. Other folks might say they are down with a gay president but once in the voting booth will vote another way. It still doesn’t sit well with people, I don’t care WHAT the left says.

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  6. Mate De:
    Ehhh, It’s not just blacks but they might be the only ones who will be free to express that opinion. Other folks might say they are down with a gay president but once in the voting booth will vote another way. It still doesn’t sit well with people, I don’t care WHAT the left says.

    Maybe so but keep in mind that there are a couple or three gay PMs in Europe right now. I know, Europe, right? Ok, but a lot of stuff from Europe ends up over here.

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  7. drlorentz:

    Mate De:
    Ehhh, It’s not just blacks but they might be the only ones who will be free to express that opinion. Other folks might say they are down with a gay president but once in the voting booth will vote another way. It still doesn’t sit well with people, I don’t care WHAT the left says.

    Maybe so but keep in mind that there are a couple or three gay PMs in Europe right now. I know, Europe, right? Ok, but a lot of stuff from Europe ends up over here.

    But in a typical parliamentary system the PM just has to win in one district. and then play party politics, rather than win nationally or in a broad area. Or, like in Israel, play party politics well enough to get a decent place on a list…

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  8. ctlaw:

    drlorentz:

    Mate De:
    Ehhh, It’s not just blacks but they might be the only ones who will be free to express that opinion. Other folks might say they are down with a gay president but once in the voting booth will vote another way. It still doesn’t sit well with people, I don’t care WHAT the left says.

    Maybe so but keep in mind that there are a couple or three gay PMs in Europe right now. I know, Europe, right? Ok, but a lot of stuff from Europe ends up over here.

    But in a typical parliamentary system the PM just has to win in one district. and then play party politics, rather than win nationally or in a broad area. Or, like in Israel, play party politics well enough to get a decent place on a list…

    You may be comforted by that thought but those PMs are popular in their countries.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-ireland-politics/irish-pms-popularity-surges-as-brexit-takes-centre-stage-poll-idUKKBN1WU0VE

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  9. drlorentz:

    ctlaw:

    drlorentz:

    Mate De:
    Ehhh, It’s not just blacks but they might be the only ones who will be free to express that opinion. Other folks might say they are down with a gay president but once in the voting booth will vote another way. It still doesn’t sit well with people, I don’t care WHAT the left says.

    Maybe so but keep in mind that there are a couple or three gay PMs in Europe right now. I know, Europe, right? Ok, but a lot of stuff from Europe ends up over here.

    But in a typical parliamentary system the PM just has to win in one district. and then play party politics, rather than win nationally or in a broad area. Or, like in Israel, play party politics well enough to get a decent place on a list…

    You may be comforted by that thought but those PMs are popular in their countries.

    https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-ireland-politics/irish-pms-popularity-surges-as-brexit-takes-centre-stage-poll-idUKKBN1WU0VE

    I’m not so sure how popular the Irish PM actually is. If you think the US press is bias and lies, the Irish press is OFF THE CHARTS.  Hard to actually get the vibes from the folks outside of Dublin.  Also Ireland is a hot mess. Both economically and culturally. Also the Irish have an visceral hatred for England, and will be for anything if it is bad from England, including WWII.

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  10. drlorentz:

    Freesmith:
    Nothing about black homophobia. Not a word.

    Black homophobia. That must strike terror in the heart of Lefty. Intersectionality can be tough. Maybe if Pete converted to Islam…

    Then he could throw himself off the top of a building.

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  11. So you take the point made here AND the fact that more blacks are just plain backing Trump and the demise of the Democrat nominee starts looking more solid.

    After all, ?what to the Dems have to offer the black community that Trump hasn’t done. Jobs, better wages, improved economy. It’s a lot like what drove the blacks FROM the Republican party back in FDR’s time – ec0nomy.

    These days there are more black conservative commentators making the case to present the black community with the facts and choices and let them decide.

    Let’s face it. It will only take about a 10-13% defection of the black vote to sink the Dems.

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  12. Mate De:
    I’m not so sure how popular the Irish PM actually is. If you think the US press is bias and lies, the Irish press is OFF THE CHARTS.

    First of all, Reuters was quoting a poll conducted by IPSOS. They also cited an earlier poll (2018) in which the PM approval was 60%:

    Varadkar’s popularity had slid in successive Ipsos MRBI polls since it hit 60% in January 2018 after an initial Brexit breakthrough, the highest mark any leader had achieved since Ireland’s financial crisis a decade ago damaged trust in its politicians.

    At 51%, Varadkar was by far the most popular leader in the poll with Fianna Fail’s Micheal Martin his closet rival on 38%.

    You can argue that they are biased but they are probably in the ballpark. Say what you will about bias, Ipsos did get the Irish abortion referendum outcome right. You might not like the outcome but they predicted it.

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  13. Freesmith:
    Nothing about black homophobia.

    And that’s the dirty little secret; there are plenty of black men on the “down low” who marry, carry on as they please and contribute to the fact that black women have the highest statistical rates of AIDS after gay men. It is often passed on to married mothers who don’t have a clue what their husbands have been doing.

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  14. Freesmith:
    This has lead, however, to a real conundrum. How do you analyze the Buttigieg problem without talking about black revulsion towards homosexuals?

    It is good that mass media is so afraid of offending Big Gay that they cannot discuss this phenomenon.   That makes it harder to explain why Democrat power brokers are working feverishly to boost Sleepy Joe’s sorry ass to the nomination.

    But Christian niche media has been tossing this idea around for six months.   Here is the latest, yesterday from Christian Post:

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/pete-buttigieg-claims-faith-and-gay-rights-struggle-will-help-him-connect-with-black-voters.html

    New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker also voiced similar concerns [to Kamala Harris] about the Democratic Party taking black voters for granted.

    “Nobody on this stage should need a focus group to hear from African American voters,” he said.

    Earlier this year, Buttigieg released a plan called The Douglass Plan: A Comprehensive Investment in the Empowerment of Black America. It has been touted as a plan that “dismantles old systems and structures that inhibit prosperity and builds new ones that will unlock the collective potential of Black America.”

    When the plan was released by Buttigieg’s campaign this summer, they also held focus groups with undecided black voters in South Carolina, which concluded that his sexuality would be a barrier for him, according to a memo on the findings.

    Since then, the mayor’s campaign has continued to make a series of missteps in connecting with black voters, including being accused of lying about black support for his plan and the use of Kenyans to promote it.

    That post linked to a previous post, from two weeks ago:

    “The claim that black voters don’t support Pete Buttigieg or anyone else because of sexual orientation is nothing more than a racist trope,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David told Hill.TV on Thursday.

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/are-black-democrats-less-likely-to-vote-for-mayor-pete-because-hes-gay.html

    Christian Post said that Human Rights Campaign was whistling past the graveyard.   They linked to this really interesting analysis.  The post is from early this month, but the statistics were mostly from 2016, with a refresh/validation in 2018:

    https://religioninpublic.blog/2019/11/06/blacks-are-at-the-core-of-the-democratic-party-but-dont-like-other-groups-in-the-democratic-party/

    White and Hispanic Democrats express warmer feelings toward ‘homosexuals’ (the survey language), while Black and Asian Democrats feel less warm. Black Democrat scores are 12 points lower than the scores from white Democrats. Black Democrats are also indistinguishable from Black independents, though both express more warmth than Black Republicans, who show the least warmth toward gay and lesbian Americans of any group in this analysis (though their very small numbers impede significance testing). Meanwhile, whites and Hispanics show the predictable pattern of declining warmth toward this liberal group by partisanship.

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  15. You know what makes this conversation tiresome, MJB?

    I couldn’t care less about a person’s sexuality. The Dems are making a non-issue an issue and in light of all the serious problems facing this nation, I am more than annoyed that lib pols care so little about this country and more importantly, are so patronizing of American citizens that they think we can be distracted by minutiae.

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  16. drlorentz:

    Mate De:
    I’m not so sure how popular the Irish PM actually is. If you think the US press is bias and lies, the Irish press is OFF THE CHARTS.

    First of all, Reuters was quoting a poll conducted by IPSOS. They also cited an earlier poll (2018) in which the PM approval was 60%:

    Varadkar’s popularity had slid in successive Ipsos MRBI polls since it hit 60% in January 2018 after an initial Brexit breakthrough, the highest mark any leader had achieved since Ireland’s financial crisis a decade ago damaged trust in its politicians.

    At 51%, Varadkar was by far the most popular leader in the poll with Fianna Fail’s Micheal Martin his closet rival on 38%.

    You can argue that they are biased but they are probably in the ballpark. Say what you will about bias, Ipsos did get the Irish abortion referendum outcome right. You might not like the outcome but they predicted it.

    True, as much as it pains me that the Irish seem hell bent on destroying themselves. Actually it doesn’t just pain me, My heart hurts and I have said this to family in Ireland how they seem to be hell bent on driving themselves off of a cliff. I remember telling my cousin that I’m American, I lost my Irish identity because I was born and raised in America. The real heartbreak is watching the country of my ancestors destroy themselves for some reason. Therefore in a generation we have lost our culture.
    That is probably the way it has always been. Think of all the civilizations that have come and gone before us but you never think of what it would actually be like. In a small way I am experiencing that. Watching the culture I know and love implode.
    Sorry to be a downer but a lot of this comment was train of though and now I’m bummed.

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  17. EThompson:
    You know what makes this conversation tiresome, MJB?

    I couldn’t care less about a person’s sexuality. The Dems are making a non-issue an issue and in light of all the serious problems facing this nation, I am more than annoyed that lib pols care so little about this country and more importantly, are so patronizing of American citizens that they think we can be distracted by minutiae.

    They are making it an issue. They are teaching this crap to our kids. You want to red pill soccer moms. Start teaching their kids all this sexual degeneracy. I would love if our problems were only economic; but they aren’t. Also sexual degeneracy is bad for the bottom line.

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  18. Now, no worries Mate De. My paternal ancestors were from County Cork and I am the first American English major in history to ever get an “A” on a paper about Finnegan’s Wake so I know of what I speak. 🙂

    Also, I’m still impressed by The Book of Kells in the Trinity College Library.

    Ireland continues to be a desired country for American businesses to headquarter due to low corporate tax rates and a highly educated work force. There’s a lot to be said for the Emerald Isle and even though they suffered a brutal recession in 2008, at least they went down like Americans- overly optimistic and ahem… somewhat  recklessly.

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  19. EThompson:
    Now, no worries Mate De. My paternal ancestors were from County Cork and I am the first American English major in history to ever get an “A” on a paper about Finnegan’s Wake so I know of what I speak. 🙂

    Also, I’m still impressed by The Book of Kells in the Trinity College Library.

    Ireland continues to be a desired country for American businesses to headquarter due to low corporate tax rates and a highly educated work force. There’s a lot to be said for the Emerald Isle and even though they suffered a brutal recession in 2008, at least they went down like Americans- overly optimistic and ahem… somewhat  recklessly.

    The Catholic culture is done. Look at what is happening to the countryside in the country it is being overrun by immigration. Although  Ireland has never been a rich country but has always been a rebellious people hellbent on preserving their culture. They are a people who always fought for their freedom, usually they failed but they always fought. Perhaps that gives me hope that eventually they will toss out their corporate overlords who want to force that culture upon them because that is what the Irish do.

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  20. Mate De:

    drlorentz:

    Mate De:
    I’m not so sure how popular the Irish PM actually is. If you think the US press is bias and lies, the Irish press is OFF THE CHARTS.

    First of all, Reuters was quoting a poll conducted by IPSOS. They also cited an earlier poll (2018) in which the PM approval was 60%:

    Varadkar’s popularity had slid in successive Ipsos MRBI polls since it hit 60% in January 2018 after an initial Brexit breakthrough, the highest mark any leader had achieved since Ireland’s financial crisis a decade ago damaged trust in its politicians.

    At 51%, Varadkar was by far the most popular leader in the poll with Fianna Fail’s Micheal Martin his closet rival on 38%.

    You can argue that they are biased but they are probably in the ballpark. Say what you will about bias, Ipsos did get the Irish abortion referendum outcome right. You might not like the outcome but they predicted it.

    True, as much as it pains me that the Irish seem hell bent on destroying themselves. Actually it doesn’t just pain me, My heart hurts and I have said this to family in Ireland how they seem to be hell bent on driving themselves off of a cliff. I remember telling my cousin that I’m American, I lost my Irish identity because I was born and raised in America. The real heartbreak is watching the country of my ancestors destroy themselves for some reason. Therefore in a generation we have lost our culture.
    That is probably the way it has always been. Think of all the civilizations that have come and gone before us but you never think of what it would actually be like. In a small way I am experiencing that. Watching the culture I know and love implode.
    Sorry to be a downer but a lot of this comment was train of though and now I’m bummed.

    The Irish seem determined to extinguish western civilization on their island as a way to somehow punish the English.

    The English are in a desperate struggle to retain their grip on western civilization.   Their position is precarious.

    The Party of Death in America is promoting identity politics to parade their rejection of western civilization.

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