Like Pete Buttigieg, I’ve been the guy dispatched by a more senior television producer to get a camera crew into a place where we are unwelcome. Investigative journalist Renee Ferguson told The Washington Post’s Robert Samuels the story of how the current South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential upstart, then her collegian intern and the only white person on her otherwise all-black crew, turned out to be the only person allowed admission into a building’s basement. He would go on to film what would become Emmy-winning undercover footage of a sex offender working in a day care.
Ferguson recalled that she later told a confused Buttigieg that he had just experienced white privilege. “ ‘I couldn’t get in, but you could,’ ” Samuels quotes