South Bend Mayor and presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, warned the public of the growing threat of white supremacy, emphasizing that it could potentially end the United States of America.
Buttigieg claimed that white supremacy caused the Civil War and almost ended the United States.
“We’ve had a lot of challenges in this country, but the one that actually almost ended this country in the civil war was white supremacy. It could be the lurking issue that ends this country in the future if we don’t wrangle it down in our time. That is the only issue that almost ended this country,” Buttigieg said in a statement.
The South Bend Mayor repeatedly criticized the United States for failing to address racial equality, warning of a new Civil War.
“If we do not tackle the problem of racial inequality in my lifetime, I am convinced that it will upend the American project in my lifetime. It brought our country to its knees once and if we do not act, it could again,” he warned in July.
In a statement made in June, Buttigieg said: “It will not be enough to replace racist systems and racist policies with neutral policies. If we are not actively, pro-actively, yes, affirmatively reversing these harms, then my generation too will be held account for our failure to control the system.”
In a series of statements, Buttigieg told ABC News: “The key to dealing with racial discussions in the country is honesty. And that means honesty about how we got here. It means honesty about what we are up against.”
He added: “Also, in my view, it means treating racial inequality as a specialty issue, as an issue to be talked about with audiences of color only – but as something that frankly white Americans need to take more seriously."