From the Black Lives Matter movement to buzzwords like social justice, Democrats love pointing the finger and calling people racist.
If it wasn’t bad enough to call people racists, they now think everything is because of “systemic racism.”
And now there’s more proof that Democrats think not only everyone, but everything in America is racist.
Democrats target “racist roads”
A memorandum issued by Senate Commerce Committee Republicans put the spotlight on the Biden administration’s decision to use billions of taxpayer funds to pay for “woke initiatives.”
The memo was spearheaded by Ted Cruz (R-TX), who plans to introduce legislation prohibiting the Department of Transportation (DOT) from tying federal funds to Leftist priorities.
The legislation would focus on three specific DOT grant programs that would fund a variety of transportation projects across the nation.
“Billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars meant for infrastructure projects are tied to woke initiatives that are more focused on dismantling America’s infrastructure in the name of ‘equity’ and ‘climate change’ than building roads, bridges, and highways to connect the country,” the memo reads.
It continues, “Congress must not allow the Department of Transportation to push the absurd concept of ‘racist roads’ to prevent Americans from getting much-needed improvements to their highways,” it said.
Yes, you read that correctly — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stated, “There is racism physically built into some of our highways, and that’s why the jobs plan has specifically committed to reconnecting some of the communities that were divided by these dollars” in an interview in 2021.
Left-wing groups like the ACLU and other activists have argued that US cities historically used highway infrastructure to encourage racist discrimination for years.
The recent GOP memorandum states, “The funding notices issued by DOT should focus on the law as written, not woke priorities.”
Buttigieg said his agency was accepting applications for the National Infrastructure Project Assistance, Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA), and Rural Surface Transportation Grant programs in June of this year.
The three programs received $5.6 billion under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021.
The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) the DOT issued says that grant recipients must address “equity and climate concerns” before receiving funds for construction.
After Buttigieg’s announcement, Cruz wrote a letter in July to the Government Accountability Office asking to confirm that the new NOFO was a rule and whether it was subject to the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
The CRA is a law that goes back almost three decades and allows Congress to revoke federal regulations.
GOP is challenging “woke” grants
The new memo from Ted Cruz will introduce a CRA resolution that challenges “woke” anti-highway policy in DOT grants.”
It would also challenge DOT policies like viewing any new road construction as promoting “automobile dependence” while condemning highway expansion projects that don’t include electric vehicle charging stations or bike lanes.
“The DOT funding notice guarantees that applicants will not get construction funds unless they embrace the administration’s extreme views on climate and equity,” the memo states.
Buttigieg launched a $1 billion Reconnecting Communities program in June 2022, intending to reverse infrastructure policies Democrats believe divide communities and block certain neighborhoods from gaining access to economic opportunities.
“We can’t ignore the basic truth that some of the planners and politicians behind those projects built them directly through the heart of vibrant, populated communities – sometimes in an effort to reinforce segregation,” Buttigieg said.
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