Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in an interview this week that racism was “physically built” into the US highways.
Speaking to April Ryan, Buttigieg said that the highways were intentionally placed in minority neighborhoods.
“There is racism physically built into some of our highways, and that’s why the jobs plan has specifically committed to reconnect some of the communities that were divided by these dollars,” said Buttigieg.
Buttigieg went as far as claiming that the highways were designed to racially divide cities.
“Well 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,” said Buttigieg. “There are stories and I think Philadelphia and Pittsburgh [and] in New York, Robert Moses famously saw through the construction of a lot of highways.”