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Biden Wants To Spend $20 Billion To Destroy “Racist” Highways with His Infrastructure Bill

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Biden is going to spend federal money to destroy a highway that’s already been built in the name of “advanc[ing] racial equity and environmental justice.”

Or look to Syracuse, New York, where the same thing would happen to a section of Interstate 81.

Or Houston, where an Interstate 45 expansion was paused recently at the behest of Biden’s Department of Transportation because some in the community deemed the expansion to be “racist.”

These are the priorities of an infrastructure plan that Biden said, in his opening pitch Wednesday, would “grow the economy, make us more competitive around the world, promote our national security interest and put us in a position to win the global competition with China in the upcoming years.”

In New Orleans, it would do this by tearing down the Claiborne Expressway. Quoth The Washington Post’s Ian Duncan, the highway, built in 1968, is “an example of a historic inequity that President Biden’s new infrastructure plan would seek to address through billions in new spending.”

Tremé resident Amy Sally has waged a campaign for years to have the expressway, which cuts through a predominately black neighborhood, removed.

Duncan said Sally “struggled to get support from local leaders. Neighbors considered the quest to be wishful thinking.”

“Nobody thinks you can get rid of a highway,” she told The Post.

They do when the president thinks a fund that apportions billions to destroy existing infrastructure in the name of equity is an example of “building back better.”

“I’m floored,” she said Wednesday. “I’m thrilled to hear President Biden would call out the Claiborne Expressway as a racist highway.”

In fact, according to E&E News, the $621 billion that the Biden administration wants to spend on infrastructure is meant to address “historic inequities and build the future of transportation infrastructure.”

“The President’s plan includes $20 billion for a new program that will reconnect neighborhoods cut off by historic investments and ensure new projects increase opportunity, advance racial equity and environmental justice, and promote affordable access,” a fact sheet from the White House read.

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