Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will lecture students at the University of Notre Dame this year about “how to restore trust in political institutions” and “the forces shaping the 2020s,” the South Bend Tribune reports.
Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana who suspended his campaign for president in March, will research those topics and teach an undergraduate course that explores the importance of trust in the fields of literature, politics, economics and philosophy, with the help of guest experts, according to the news site.
Buttigieg is among dozens of faculty and student fellows Notre Dame’s 2020-21 research theme: “The Nature of Trust.”
“I am delighted to join this academic community to pursue research on one the most salient issues of our time, the nature of trust,” Buttigieg said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to engaging faculty and students from various disciplines at a time in the life of our country that calls for deep and wide-ranging inquiry.”
Buttigieg’s fellowship comes despite incessant criticism during his presidential campaign about his handling of race relations in South Bend, including officer involved shootings of black men and his perspective on education.
The Root senior writer Michael Harriot penned the editorial “Pete Buttigieg Is A Lying MF” to point out Buttigieg’s history of false statements about minorities and his privileged background as a white male graduate of Harvard University.
Harriot pointed to Buttigieg’s comments in a video from 2011, when Buttigieg was running for mayor.
“Kids need to see evidence that education is going to work for them,” Buttigieg said at the time. “You’re motivated because you believe that at the end of your education, there is a reward; there’s a stable life; there’s a job. And there are a lot of kids – especially (in) the lower-income, minority neighborhoods, who literally just haven’t seen it work.
“There isn’t someone who they know personally who testifies to the value of education.”
Harriot argued Buttigieg is full of baloney.
“May Pete’s bullsh**ery is not just wrong, it is proof,” he wrote. “It proves men like him are more willing to perpetuate the fantastic narrative of negro neighborhoods needing more role models and briefcase-carriers than make the people in power stare into the sun and see the blinding light of racism.”
Buttigieg ignored the op-ed.
But he couldn’t ignore the throngs of irate blacks in South Bend who welcomed him home from the campaign trail following another officer involved shooting in the city last year.
Last May, the then mayor got an earful from irate blacks in the community over his failure to address the problem of police brutality, as well as the public’s eroding trust in his leadership.
Some of those upset with Buttigieg’s leadership even followed him to stops on the campaign trail, including a homeless shelter in Watts, where they chanted about his “anti-black, anti-poor” policies that belied his campaign rhetoric, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.
Buttigieg is now backing Democrat Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election, despite Biden’s own issues with the truth and long history of questionable policies impacting the black community, from support for segregated busing to his stewardship of the 1994 crime bill.