USDOT Secretary Alleges ‘Racism’ Built Into Interstates and Ports, Vows $100B to Reverse It

Washington D.C. — United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg says “racism” is built into America’s interstate and port systems and is vowing to reverse it.

Speaking at a White House press briefing on Monday, Sec. Buttigieg promised a chunk of the $660 billion in funding Congress just approved to be managed by the USDOT will be dedicated to “confronting and dealing with… where sometimes it was federal dollars that divided a community often along racial lines.”




 

When questioned about the “unprecedented $100 billion in discretionary funds and competitive grants” — included in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill which President Biden is expected to sign into law this week — for the USDOT to dole out, Mr. Buttigieg said the Department will devote funding for existing programs and award new projects focused on “economic strength, safety, climate, equity and preparing for the future.”

“As to where we target those dollars, I’m still surprised that 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 to a beach in New York was designed too low for it to pass by [then] that obviously reflects racism that went into those design choices,” Buttigieg declared. “I don’t think we have anything to lose by confronting that simple reality and I think we have everything to gain by acknowledging it and dealing with it.”




 

The USDOT’s priorities will be to both deconstruct certain interstates, highways and bridges, as well as to add to existing roadways.

“Sometimes it is the case that an overpass went in a certain way that an overpass is so harmful that it’s gotta come down or maybe be put underground. Other times maybe it’s not that way. Maybe the really important thing is to connect across it, to add instead of subtract,” the Secretary stated.

 

The USDOT’s “equity” agenda will not only address America’s roadways but also U.S. ports.

“So, there are a lot of emissions around ports… and the neighborhoods that are close to them feel that impact including increased asthma rates in what are, by the way, disproportionately black and Latina neighborhoods. The ‘healthy ports’ initiative helps electrify them so that you don’t have worry about the emissions,” Buttigieg explained. “Infrastructure is so elemental to our society that when it’s not there to serve us in the right way all of us are impacted, but when it is, when it’s strong, every community large and small, rural and urban, privileged and marginalized, every community feels the benefits.”




 

Monday’s briefing comes as the Biden Administration faces record low approval ratings and widespread dissatisfaction to its handling of a worsening supply chain backlog.

President Biden attempted to explain what is causing the supply chain challenges at a press event over the weekend.

If you haven’t seen it yet, click HERE.

WATCH Sec. Buttigieg’s entire presser below.

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  1. LIAR!!! If Butt face DOT secretary thinks racism is active now, just wait until he puts money where it isn’t needed. Just like the so called president he is nothing but a LIAR.

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