Pete Buttigieg commissions first grant to tear down ‘racist’ road in Detroit

On Thursday, the Biden administration authorized a federal grant to demolish a highway in Detroit that has been deemed racist. Taxpayers will shell out $104.6 million to remove Interstate 375. In other words, to virtue signal.

This plan has been a top priority for Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, for most of his term. His brainchild had been delayed for nearly a year, but we can all breathe a sigh of relief, now that the mile-long racist road has been scheduled for destruction at last.

Buttigieg said in 2020 that filling potholes is the bane of all small-town mayors. Apparently, he had trouble keeping up with potholes in South Bend. As mayor, faced with fixing things, he ignored them. As Transportation Secretary, faced with fixing things, he destroys them.

How did Interstate 375 attain the ignominious ‘racist’ moniker? It was built in 1960 using common eminent-domain laws, which allow the government to purchase private property at a fair market price and convert it to public use. Applied to white neighborhoods, eminent domain is no cause for concern. Screw them. Applied to black neighborhoods, though? Eminent domain is racist, racist, racist.

That’s what Hwy 375 is: Racist.

The Detroit highway, regardless of its usefulness, is now reputed to have been created in order to segregate neighborhoods and ruin a thriving black community. Families and businesses along the path of the road had to relocate, as has always been the case when new highways are built.

So, how can we fix this egregious wrong? Tear it down, of course. That’s what progressives like Mayor Pete do – tear things down.

Citizens of Detroit have sounded off, and they’re not all happy. One resident tweeted, “But….but…muh roads?” Another Twitter user observed, “Within 50 years we’ll be riding mules and drinking brackish water to fight racism.”

Yet another user casts light on the likely effects of this plan:

Twitter user Charles Brister questioned the honesty of liberal concerns over the racist road, noting that black contractors are not likely to score the work:

In a later tweet, Brister also said, “The data revealed that less than 10% of government contracts go to small disadvantaged businesses. “Only 1.7 percent of government funding or government awards were going to Black-owned businesses.”

Racist contracts. That seems a lot more real than racist roads, doesn’t it?

It is obvious. When everything is racist, nothing is. But it can still be the basis for massive destruction, as it was for the riots in the summer of 2020. We were all to understand that it was important for people to be able to “protest” after George Floyd was killed. Jan 6, 2021, of course, is an entirely different matter. Protesting election fraud is unacceptable (unless you happen to be Al Gore or Hillary Clinton or Stacy Abrams or virtually any Democrat). But burning down 140 cities and looting their stores in the name of George Floyd? That’s progress.

Establishment Republicans have argued until they’re blue in the face not to fight culture wars. So they haven’t. Do you think maybe they were wrong, seeing as how we have allowed progressives to take the injection of race into every debate to the point of calling roads ‘racist’?


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