Thursday, November 11, 2021

Social Media in a Tizzy After WH Briefing Discusses Racism ‘built into’ Roads; A road’s a road’: Ron DeSantis Sideswipes Pete Buttigieg for Addressing Racist Highway Design; Buttigieg Vows Swift Action to Fix Racist Highways, and related stories

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Social media in a tizzy after WH briefing discusses racism ‘built into’ roads:
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg sparked a snark-filled social media debate on Monday after he was asked how racism is “built into” roads and could be deconstructed during a daily White House press briefing.
After fielding questions about the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was passed by Congress last week, Buttigieg was pressed on racism in infrastructure by April D. Ryan, a White House correspondent for The Grio.
“Can you give us the construct of how you will deconstruct the racism that was built into the roadways,” Ryan asked Buttigieg, referencing a previous article from The Grio on the topic. “Can you talk to us about how that could be deconstructed?
“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 — or that would have been in New York — was designed too low for it to pass by, that that obviously reflects racism that went into those design choices,” Buttigieg responded. --->READ MORE HERE
‘A road’s a road’: Ron DeSantis sideswipes Pete Buttigieg for addressing racist highway design
Prominent conservatives have mocked the Transportation Secretary for addressing systemic racism in highway design.
Gov. Ron DeSantis is on team “roads can’t be racist.”
The Governor took a brief shot at U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg following the Secretary’s comments Monday regarding how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, a President Joe Biden priority, will address systemic racism in highway design. Some conservatives have mocked the Secretary for dedicating resources to the “racism that went into those design choices,” as Buttigieg put it.
When a reporter in Spring Hill on Tuesday asked DeSantis about the infrastructure bill’s reparations provisions, the Governor largely deflected, but not without taking a swipe at Buttigieg.
“I heard some stuff, some weird stuff from the Secretary of Transportation trying to make this about social issues,” DeSantis said. “To me, a road’s a road.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson featured Buttigieg’s comments during his show Monday night and criticized the Secretary for addressing the “racist road problem.” DeSantis appeared on Carlson’s show later in the hour to hammer Biden on illegal immigration.
“Roads can’t be racist anymore than toasters and sectional couches can be racist,” Carlson said. “They are inanimate objects. They’re not alive.” --->READ MORE HERE
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