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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday responded to criticism over his recent comments about racist bridges and highways, saying “the point is not to make America feel guilty” but to correct injustices in the country’s infrastructure. .

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show”, Buttigieg was asked to respond to critics who did not believe his argument that some bridges and highways were built with racist intentions.


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“What we are doing is reconnecting people who may have been disconnected or divided by discriminatory decisions in the past,” the secretary responded. “It helps everyone. I don’t know why anyone would be against reuniting people who have been divided by discriminatory decisions in the past.

“And again, the point is not to make America feel guilty,” he continued. “The point is to make America better and more equitable and more effective in getting people where they need to go. The point of transportation is to connect, so if transportation is ever used to divide, our responsibility It’s a moral one but also a very practical one to fix it.”

Buttigieg raised eyebrows earlier this month after talking about a bipartisan infrastructure bill that would address racism in highways during a White House press briefing.

Pete Buttigieg speaking during the United Nations Climate Conference on November 10, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

“I am 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 built, The bus carrying mostly Black and Puerto Rican children to a beach, or who would have been in New York, was designed very little to pass, which clearly reflects the racism that pervades those design choices. Was gone,” Buttigieg said on November 8.

Conservatives on social media immediately doubted the story, with Washington Post resident fact-checker Glen Kessler citing a narrow passage from Robert Caro’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning book “The Power Broker,” a biography of the New York civic planner. citing, prompted Buttigieg to come to the rescue. Robert Moses.

A Transportation Department official confirmed to Kessler that Buttigieg was indeed referring to Caro’s book.

Pete Buttigieg looks at the Tesla Model S during an electric vehicle event outside the Department of Transportation on October 20, 2021 in Washington, DC (Drew Anger/Getty Images)

Kessler later acknowledged that his was a “knee-jerk” and that experts doubted the racist bridge story in Caro’s book.

“Obviously this cannot be solved easily,” Kessler wrote. Caro quoted one of Moses’ top aides as saying that the height of the bridges was done for racist reasons, but that story has increasingly been questioned because it is not credible. The unattainable must prepare to reflect—and we should be more careful to double-check on the latest views from historians. Even a Pulitzer Prize-winning book isn’t always the last word on a subject. “