An Iowa campaign stop sparked a tense moment between Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and a man in the surrounding crowd.
The attendee launched into a complaint that evoked boos from others at the Carroll County event, claiming that blacks should “stop committing crimes and doing drugs” in his community.
“Sir, I think that racism is not going to help us out of this,” the South Bend, Ind., mayor said in response.
While the other man attempted to insist his remark had “nothing to do with race,” Buttigieg pushed back.
“The fact that a black person is four times as likely as a white person to be incarcerated for the exact same crime is evidence of systemic racism,” he said.