Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s policy plan dubbed “Douglass Plan,” aimed at addressing America’s longstanding history of racism against Black Americans continues to be mired in controversy after it emerged the campaign used a stock photo featuring a Kenyan woman and her child.
Ryan Grim, bureau chief for The Intercept tweeted that the public relations firm tasked with creating Buttigieg’s campaign material had simply taken a stock photo without checking the origin of the subject.
“On top of everything else, the Buttigieg campaign used a stock photo from Kenya to promote its Frederick Douglass Plan for Black America,” Grim wrote on Twitter, adding, “The woman in the photo reached out to me very confused.”
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) November 15, 2019
The reactions were swift:
It’s ironic how shamelessly racist the rollout of Pete Buttigieg’s Douglass Plan has been. His campaign fudged endorsements, misrepresented white people as poc, and used a photo from Kenya on their website to sell the plan.
I expect he’ll be asked about it at the debate…
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) November 17, 2019
Pete Buttigieg put out a list of 400 Black South Carolinians who endorse him…. Slight problem though. A bunch of the people did NOT endorse him, 42% of the list is white and he used stock photos of Kenya. How would Democrats and the media react if Trump had done this?
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) November 17, 2019
Ilhan Omar, the first time congresswoman whose inspirational story began in a refugee camp in Kenya tweeted:
Other reactions on twitter:
WOW! Pete Buttigieg Puts Out List of 400 South Carolina Black Supporters: 42% Are White, Many Didn't Endorse and Pete Used Generic Stock Photo FROM KENYA to Promote the List @PeteButtigieg
https://t.co/1PA7zrbGe9 via @gatewaypundit
— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) November 17, 2019
Meanwhile, Mr. Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana has jumped into a commanding lead in a CNN/Des Moines Register poll of would-be Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa. Mayor Pete received 25% of the vote. The other top three candidates are all virtually tied for second place, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 16 percent, and former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders each at 15 percent.