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April 17, 2023
Watch: Pete Buttigieg makes bizarre claim racial discrimination causes car crashes
Our very competent Secretary of Transportation has another hot take about the state of our country. No, he didn't comment on the problems with airlines or the bizarre number of train derailments. No, he actually claimed that racism is somehow involved in the number of car crashes. Because of course, it is.
Speaking on MSNBC, Buttigieg began by highlighting the "crisis of roadway fatalities in America." According to him, 40,000 people a year perish in automobile-related accidents, a level "comparable to gun violence." Which I can believe, given the amount of crazy car accidents I see every day.
But then he started to veer off into more questionable territory. Like somehow blaming these car accidents on racism.
"We see a lot of racial disparities. Black and brown Americans, tribal citizens and rural residents - much more likely to lose their lives, whether it's in a car or as a pedestrian being hit by a car."
Buttigieg then tried to explain his reasoning for this: "There are a lot of reasons related to discrimination, related to - even the ways that roads are designed and built, who has access to a safe street design that's got crosswalks and good lighting, and who doesn't have that access. That can drive disparities. And we have a responsibility to act on that."
Okay....so I guess he's arguing that urban areas tend to have worse roads, and since those areas tend to have more minorities, the frequency of car accidents is related to racism. I don't see anything wrong with improving city roads. Those things tend to be a major pain in the caboose. But why and how does it have anything to do with race? I don't think anyone purposely gets into a car accident based on the race of the other driver. So couldn't we fix problematic and dangerous roads, add more crosswalks and lights, etc. without divisive racial rhetoric? No? Ok.
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