Buttigieg: Racism is "physically built into" American highways

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Apr 11th, 2021 12:24 pm

Last Updated Apr 14th, 2021 at 1:42 am

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in an interview published on Tuesday that, "[t]here is racism physically built into some [U.S.] highways."

"Well if you're in Washington, I'm told that the history of that highway is one that was built at the expense of communities of color in the D.C. area," Buttigieg said. "There are stories, and I think Philadelphia and Pittsburgh [and] in New York, Robert Moses famously saw through the construction of a lot of highways."

"There is racism physically built into some of our highways, and that's why the jobs plan has specifically committed to reconnect some of the communities that were divided by these dollars," he said.

Buttigieg's comments come after President Joe Biden announced his 8-year $2.25 trillion "American Jobs Plan," which allocates $115 billion on highways, bridges, and roads.


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