CNN analyst presses Secretary Pete Buttigieg on his plan to ‘deconstruct racism’ built in roadways

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg was pressed by CNN analyst April Ryan on his plan to ‘deconstruct racism’ built in roadways. 

The reconstructive transportation infrastructure plan is a part of the massive and extensive package passed by the House of Representatives earlier this week. 

The former Democratic presidential candidate quipped, “Some people were surprised when I pointed to the fact that if a highway was built for the purpose of dividing a white and a black neighborhood, or if an underpass was constructed such that a bus carrying mostly black and Puerto Rican kids … was designed too low for it to pass by, then that obviously reflect the racism that went into those design choices.”

According to Buttigieg, racist transportation infrastructure will be addressed with $1 billion allocated by the Biden administration. The recent package ranges from daycare to bridges and overpasses. 

“How do you go about redefining and replanning these roadways and communities that are already settled in?” He went on to suggest anti-racist infrastructure developments will be organized on a community by community basis. 

The package has been in development since the beginning of the Biden administration, and essentially set a new precedent for the meaning of infrastructure in America. In April, FBA reported, “President Biden claimed that the word infrastructure is ‘evolving,’ therefore the definition and aims of the 1900s are not equivalent to those in 2021.”

At the time, the President said, “Two hundred years ago, trains weren’t ‘traditional’ infrastructure either until America made a choice to lay down tracks across the country. Highways weren’t ‘traditional’ infrastructure until we allowed ourselves to imagine that roads could connect our nation across state lines. The idea of infrastructure has always evolved to meet the aspirations of the American people and their needs, and it’s evolving again today. We need to start seeing infrastructures through its effect on the lives of working people in America.”

The President is expected to sign the bill within the week. 




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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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