Black Democrats called for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to do something about the scourge of “racist traffic enforcement,” demanding that the nation’s top infrastructure official address their concerns over actual problems including train derailments, supply chain issues, ongoing troubles with the nation’s air travel system and decaying highways, roads and bridges, yet another example of how the leftist party sees virtually everything through the prism of race.
In a letter to the former mayor of the smallish college town of South Bend, Indiana, members of the Congressional Black Caucus led by “Squad” members Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA.), Cori Bush (D-MO), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), expressed their “grave concern for the wellbeing of Black drivers” in urging the oft-absentee official to tackle a sham problem that few outside of the CBC whiners would likely place near the top of a list of priorities to be addressed by the DOT.
The lawmakers are requesting that Buttigieg use money from President Joe Biden’s gargantuan infrastructure package that was stuffed with Green New Deal pork to fund initiatives that “move our nation closer to transit equity,” in their letter which is dated April 6.
“On our nation’s roads and highways, Black motorists have experienced disproportionate scrutiny and excessive force under the guise of traffic enforcement,” the black Democrats said. “As Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), we urge you to condemn the status quo of traffic enforcement and develop reforms to reduce racial inequities in traffic stops.”
#DrivingWhileBlack shouldn't be a death sentence.
We need @USDOT to confront racial disparities in traffic stops and help save Black lives.https://t.co/CZZhh2EH15
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) April 7, 2023
According to the perpetually aggrieved CBC lawmakers, “Driving while Black may not be a real crime codified in law, but it is treated as one throughout the country. The disparate experience of Black motorists is well-known. During the State of the Union, President Biden described “the talk” that Black parents must have with their children about being pulled over by the police and the worry they carry every day.”
“This is not a new phenomenon. Historians have traced the roots of policing Black mobility and physical freedom to our nation’s legacy of slavery and bondage of Black bodies,” the letter reads.” It is critical that the Department of Transportation recognizes the social context of traffic enforcement disparities and identifies solutions to redress the harms.”
Other signatories to the letter to “Mayor Pete” include Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) who once expressed concern that Guam could tip over, unhinged Lone Star State screamer Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), kingmaker Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and former chairman of the now-defunct January 6 committee Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
Whether Secretary Buttigieg makes serious moves to address the CBC’s demands remains to be seen but his previous statements are an indication that he has a sympathetic ear for phony racism when it comes to his purview over the nation’s transportation system.
Transportation @SecretaryPete: " If an underpass was constructed such that a bus carrying mostly Black and Puerto Rican kids to a beach, […] in New York was designed too low for it to pass by, that that obviously reflects racism that went into those design choices." pic.twitter.com/0XWkDZehYM
— The Hill (@thehill) November 8, 2021
“Traffic safety should not come at the expense of the dignity and safety of the Black community. The status quo of inequitable traffic enforcement is the product of racist policies, outdated infrastructure, and limited oversight. I urge the Department of Transportation to condemn harmful enforcement practices and develop reforms that support the wellbeing of Black people traveling on our nation’s roads and highways,” the Congressional Black Caucus Dems’ letter concluded.
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