Buttigieg Campaign’s Minority Outreach Included African-American Stock Photos

The campaign of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) has been criticized for utilizing stock photos of minorities on a section of its website dedicated to minority outreach, Fox News reports.

It was first pointed out by a reporter from The Intercept that one such stock photo on the website’s “Douglass Plan” section – which is focused on “empowerment of black America” – was of a black woman and her baby who were from Kenya, not America.

Although the campaign eventually removed the photo, it turned out to not be the only one. Another photo depicting a young black woman sitting on some steps and reading a textbook is from a stock photo site called “Nappy,” which specializes in “beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people, for free.” That picture was also removed shortly after this was pointed out.

This gaffe further reflects a major obstacle for the mayor’s campaign, in his struggle to appeal to African-American voters. Although Buttigieg’s numbers have been increasing in polls for the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, he faces an obstacle in other key states that have a significant concentration of black Americans, including South Carolina.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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