Let’s be 100% honest with ourselves. Roads aren’t and cannot be racist. Now that we’re clear about that, let’s talk about Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.
CNN political analyst April Ryan asked Buttigieg, “Can you give us the construct of how you will deconstruct the racism that was built into the roadways? Can you talk to us about how that could be deconstructed?”
Buttigieg responded, “If an underpass was constructed such that a bus carrying mostly Black and Puerto Rican kids to a beach, or would have been, in New York was designed too low for it to pass by, that reflects racism that went into those design choices.”
What? Can we break down the part of the answer where he says “or would have been”? If there wasn’t a beach, but there is now, that wasn’t a racist decision. It’s not even clear what Buttigieg was talking about.
Perhaps we can take away all the asphalt because it’s black. That’ll show the racists out there.
There’s no road or bridge out there that knows if Black Americans are on a bus. It’s not a thing and has never happened. Just like AR-15 rifles don’t get up and kill people on their own, bridges are also void of emotion.
The Red State notes that it was likely a reference to the 1974 book “The Powerbroker.” Still, Robert Caro outlines Robert Moses’s building techniques to build lower bridges to keep Black American communities out.
There are even citations to bus unloading and loading in the plans of the area. It’s nonsense and meant to cause outrage where none exists.
Buttigieg indeed has the same information that we all have that it was debunked, right? It seems more intentional than ever to funnel more money into roads and bridges after the infrastructure bill was passed and give Buttigieg a standing ovation for conquering racism that never existed in the first place.
Is Buttigieg being set up to be the Vice President? No citation or source, but just an inference of his new importance in the Biden administration, and it would seem that Vice President Kamala Harris would look to select him. Just an opinion.
Buttigieg also says that the Biden administration is looking to build roadways and bridges with “equity.” That’s a scary word and lately has meant preference to people of color, which is also racist, to give special treatment to people of any race over another.
If things need to be fixed, then fix them. If they don’t, then don’t. That’s as simple as it gets. Can’t we all agree with that? That’s the most reasonable outcome here.