When you hear about the construction of roads, you don’t think to apply a term like “racist” to highways and interstates. Yet, that’s exactly what Pete Buttigieg has done. The failed presidential candidate turned Secretary of the Department of Transportation decided that roads were racist – and he had a plan to work on them.
How can roads be racist? They’re just concrete paths for people to drive on. Well, when you’re liberal enough, you can figure out how to turn any issue into one of race. It’s like the progressive superpower – and Buttigieg is no different than the rest of them.
He contends that roads are racist because some highways will divide white and Black neighborhoods. Supposedly in 1967, a curve was even added to Interstate 40 in Nashville for the sole purpose of avoiding a white community. As a result, hundreds of homes were knocked down in a Black neighborhood. And there are stories like this all over the country.
That just means that the civic officials in charge of building the roads back then were racist. Roads, themselves, cannot be racist.
Further, there are very few communities that are solely for Black people. There are plenty of low-income neighborhoods where people of all colors, including whites, live. However, it fits the rhetoric better to call these Black communities because it’s easier to make it a racial issue.
As Pete Buttigieg works to solve the issue of racial roads across the U.S., people have come to realize something – his plan is racist.
How about that? An effort to focus on racism turns out to be racist. It’s kind of like every other issue that the Dems have touched. In order to stomp out white supremacists, there are now black supremacists who want to make white people pay.
Now, let’s talk about this plan that the Secretary of Transportation has for the U.S.
Buttigieg wants to install “safety” cameras all across the country. These cameras are supposedly a “proven safety countermeasure” and will ensure that people are cited when they break various laws on the highways – speeding, running red lights, and more.
The cameras will also result in more citations, more fines, and more money for the pockets of governments. Meanwhile, many assume that it won’t do much to address the real transportation problems – too much traffic, not enough roads, too many toll roads, and the list goes on and on.
Pro Public reported that “A ProPublica analysis of millions of citations found that households in majority Black and Hispanic ZIP codes received tickets at around twice the rate of those in white areas between 2015 and 2019.”
When then-mayor Rahm Emanuel rolled out red-light cameras across Chicago, where there is more than any other American city, it was met with claims of inaccuracy and political corruption. Many also believed that it disproportionately targeted Black and Latin drivers throughout the city.
The cameras continue to be a source of discontent. It incorrectly identifies cars and drivers. It doesn’t effectively read license plates. So, people are wrongly ticketed by the camera systems – and it is, then, on the people who are ticketed to fight the tickets in court.
Why is the Department of Transportation even worrying about safety cameras? Shouldn’t this be more of a law enforcement issue than a transportation issue?
If Buttigieg really wants to make a difference, he needs to look at where gridlock traffic occurs. Roads need to be widened. More roadside assistance needs to be available to clear issues quickly. And there needs to be faster and more readily available forms of transportation so that people of every color can get to where they need to go quickly.
And for Pete’s sake, stop calling the roads racist. It’s not a thing.