Mayor Pete should not attend the Democratic Party debate. He should remain in South Bend and unsuccessfully deal with his problems with his Black Community. He should withdraw his candidacy immediately, if not sooner. His candidacy is dead!
If I were a black South Bend resident, or resident of conscience of any stripe, I would promote an anti-Buttigieg agenda to destroy the possibility of his getting any support from blacks, and others of conscience in the country. Buttigieg is not too young. He is qualified except for this. He should withdraw now. He should announce his intention to make a public statement and his first words should be, “I am disbanding my campaign and as of this moment I am not a candidate for the presidency of the United States.”
He could then dedicate his next years as mayor to addressing all the issues that separate him from the black community. If he succeeds excellently, the blacks, and others of color and conscience in his community, could support him for President. They could make him the formidable charismatic candidate the Democratic Party and the country desperately needs.
That is, unless they come to love him so much that they want to keep him in South Bend.