Experts are shocked, I tell you, shocked that bullshit didn’t win Pittsburgh’s mayoral election

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I don’t know:

“Mayors can get out of touch. They don’t understand the change that’s taking place in their city,” [G. Terry] Madonna said. “Obviously, [Ed] Gainey’s conversation about unifying and moving the city forward struck a chord.”[1]

There are a lot of surprised experts in this story,[2] but for me Bill Peduto just couldn’t stop spewing blatant bullshit, as if he actually expected people would think it could or should be taken seriously. I called him on it several times and he just didn’t respond.

And I don’t know who Peduto was listening to about the cops. But he turned on protesters[3] and ignored the sentiment in support of Black Lives Matter that’s plain to see in almost every Pittsburgh neighborhood. It’s like he saw only the “thin blue line,” “we support our police,” and “Punisher” stickers and posters that are actually more common in Pittsburgh suburbs.

To say Peduto lost touch, for me, really misses the point. He was solicitous of police supporters and dismissed the voices that expressed fear of the police. Which is to say that he was effectively counting on white supremacy[4] to win the race.

That might—and probably would—work almost anywhere in much of Pennsylvania outside the city of Pittsburgh. But in choosing this approach, he exposed himself as, at best, choosing political expediency over Black lives, or as at worst, himself a white supremacist.

Tom Davidson and Megan Guza, “How did Peduto lose Pittsburgh mayoral primary? Experts offer insight,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 19, 2021,

  1. [1]Tom Davidson and Megan Guza, “How did Peduto lose Pittsburgh mayoral primary? Experts offer insight,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 19, 2021,
  2. [2]Tom Davidson and Megan Guza, “How did Peduto lose Pittsburgh mayoral primary? Experts offer insight,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 19, 2021,
  3. [3]Lisa Cunningham, “Mayor Peduto, please stop equating Pittsburgh protesters with the ‘Radical Right,’” Pittsburgh City Paper, January 21, 2021,
  4. [4]Mark Berman et al., “Protests spread over police shootings. Police promised reforms. Every year, they still shoot and kill nearly 1,000 people,” Washington Post, June 8, 2020,; Kyle Cheney, Sarah Ferris, and Laura Barrón-López, “‘Inside job’: House Dems ask if Capitol rioters had hidden help,” Politico, January 8, 2021,; Tim Craig, “Proud Boys and Black Lives Matter activists clashed in a Florida suburb. Only one side was charged,” Washington Post, February 2, 2021,; James Downie, “Time to toss the ‘bad apples’ excuse,” Washington Post, May 31, 2020,; Jeet Heer, “How Not to Mourn George Floyd,” The Time of Monsters, April 21, 2021,; Arelis R. Hernández and Cleve R. Wootson, Jr., “Black Americans are buoyed by Chauvin conviction, but they worry it will blunt pace of reform,” Washington Post, April 20, 2021,; Jason Johnson, “I'm not happy. I'm not relieved. The verdict is a cultural make-up call. This ruling means it takes a Black man being murdered on TV in front of millions, a years worth of protest and a phalanx of white cops saying "this is wrong" for a black person to get a scintilla of justice,” Twitter, April 20, 2021, >; Kimberly Kindy, Mark Berman, and Kim Bellware, “After Capitol riot, police chiefs work to root out officers with ties to extremist groups,” Washington Post, January 24, 2021,; Maggie Koerth, “The Police’s Tepid Response To The Capitol Breach Wasn’t An Aberration,” FiveThirtyEight, January 7, 2021,; Kurtis Lee, “Derek Chauvin is guilty of murdering George Floyd,” Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2021,; Kurtis Lee, Jaweed Kaleem, and Laura King, “‘White supremacy was on full display.’ Double standard seen in police response to riot at Capitol,” Los Angeles Times, January 7, 2021,; German Lopez, “Police officers are prosecuted for murder in less than 2 percent of fatal shootings,” Vox, April 2, 2021,; Wesley Lowery, “Aren’t more white people than black people killed by police? Yes, but no,” Washington Post, July 11, 2016,; Brentin Mock, “What New Research Says About Race and Police Shootings,” CityLab, August 6, 2019,; Elie Mystal, “There’s Only One Possible Conclusion: White America Likes Its Killer Cops,” Nation, May 27, 2020,; Alanna Durkin Richer and Lindsay Whitehurst, “1 verdict, then 6 police killings across America in 24 hours,” Associated Press, April 24, 2021, copy in possession of author; Jon Schuppe, “Police across U.S. respond to Derek Chauvin trial: ‘Our American way of policing is on trial,’” NBC News, April 15, 2021,; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “How Do We Change America?” New Yorker, June 8, 2020,; Raphael Warnock, “Today’s verdict affirming Derek Chauvin’s responsibility for killing George Floyd is the right outcome in this trial, but it is not justice. . . .” Twitter, April 20, 2021,

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