A Black problem in liberal Democrat rhetoric refers to a white Democratic party candidate's inability to relate to African American voters. Two examples from the 2016 presidential election and 2020 presidential election illustrate:
- John Podesta spoke of Hillary Rodham Clinton's "Eric Garner problem." Garner was a black man killed in police custody while in a choke hold in 2014. Podesta wrote, "we know we have an Eric Garner problem," getting Blacks to vote for Hillary Clinton in light of her Superpredator comments to "bring them to heal.
- Mayor Pete Buttigieg was criticized by David Axelrod, Marcia Fudge, Politico, The Daily Beast and others for having a "black problem."