Pete Buttigieg responded on Thursday to remarks by Kamala Harris following Wednesday night’s debate that it was “naive” for him to compare his struggles as a gay man with the struggles faced by African-Americans, reports Towleroad.
Said Harris at a Black Women Power Breakfast on Thursday hosted by Higher Heights, a national political organization for black women: “Those of us who’ve been involved in civil rights for a long time we know that it is important that we not compare our struggles. It is not productive, it is not smart and strategically it works against what we need to do which is build coalition. We know that in our ongoing fight for civil rights if any one of us starts to differentiate ourselves in a certain way and in particular what he did on the stage, it’s just not productive. And I think it’s a bit naïve.”
Asked about Harris’s remarks, Buttigieg replied, “This is a time for solidarity and anyone who has experienced whatever personal struggle we bring to this fight, needs to reach into that as motivation to help others,” reports Towleroad.
Buttigieg also clarified his remarks after the debate in several interviews. To ABC News he said: “First of all, there’s no equating those two experiences, and some people, by the way, live at the intersection of those experiences. What I do think is important is for each of us is to reveal who we are and what motivates us. And it’s important for voters to understand what makes me tick, what moves me, and my sources of motivation and ensuring that I stand up for others.”
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