Transpo Sec Pete Buttigieg says 'there is racism physically built' into America's infrastructure

President Biden’s JOBS Act aims to improve transit and infrastructure near communities of color.

The Hill

By Alexandra Kelley April 7, 2021 Following the unveiling of President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg confirmed that improved accessibility for all American communities is a key pillar. Speaking in an exclusive interview with theGrio, Buttigieg described how communities of color often face poor infrastructure and disadvantages compared to other regions in the United States — due to a history of racist systems and practices. On a mass socioeconomic scale, Americans of color have been historically redlined from access to the same opportunities their white counterparts have, one of those being accessible public transit. Buttigieg said this could include design faults, namely how some U.S. cities have overpasses that are physically low in Black communities. “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 told reporters, adding that community wealth also dictates the conditions of nearby transportation.

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