Biden's ‘Infrastructure’ Bill Includes $20bn to Destroy ‘Racist’ Highways
'Problematic highways' to be destroyed
Democrat Joe Biden's $2.5 trillion infrastructure bill includes funds to destroy, what it deems, "problematic highways."
The Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans and Interstate 81 in Syracuse, New York, have been cited as "problematic" for going through black neighborhoods.
New Orleans activist Amy Stelly was thrilled by the prospect of Claiborne Expressway being destroyed.
“I’m floored,” she said to the Washington Post.
“I’m thrilled to hear President Biden would call out the Claiborne Expressway as a racist highway."
The White House proposes to “reconnect neighborhoods” suffering from current infrastructure while making sure new projects “advance racial equity and environmental justice.”
The injustice of racist infrastructure is a concept embraced by the Biden administration, who are working for "racial equity" across government.
Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wrote in December:
“Black and brown neighborhoods have been disproportionately divided by highway projects or left isolated by the lack of adequate transit and transportation resources."
He promised to focus on “righting these wrongs.”
Buttigieg’s department sent a letter asking Texas to stop interstate expansion in Houston due to racial justice complaints in March.
Buttigieg promised to fight racial injustice in infrastructure during his Senate confirmation hearings in January.
“I also recognize that at their worst, misguided policies and missed opportunities in transportation can reinforce racial and economic inequality by dividing or isolating neighborhoods and undermining government’s basic role of empowering Americans to thrive,” Buttigieg said in his opening statement.
Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan is not big enough.
“I think that the vision that President Biden and the administration has laid out, you’re right, has surprised a lot of us in a positive way, and in detail and the thought that’s here, the scope of it is really encouraging except I think the how that $2.2 trillion, $2.25 trillion over eight years."
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Biden's infrastructure bill was nothing more than “a tax increase bill."