By Colbert I. King Columnist Dec. 6, 2019 at 12:53 p.m. CST
South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg has taken flak from some African Americans for suggesting that being gay helps him relate to the struggles of African Americans. Buttigieg, his critics say, is appropriating the black experience for his own selfish political agenda. I’ll let them sort that out. But this I know: Being black causes me to feel empathy with the LGBTQ community and others who are victimized by bigotry. Two situations cited in a column I wrote on discrimination nearly 30 years ago helped shape my feelings.
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