Connections: Discussing racism in American infrastructure
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg sparked some debate when he recently said, "There is racism physically built into some of our highways." Critics called it hyperbole, and mocked the statement for trying too hard to connect all problems to race. But historians have taken this opening to teach about the history that Buttigieg is referencing: redlining, highways destroying Black neighborhoods, inner loops, and more.
Our guests have their own stories to share:
- Mary Kearney, Rochester resident since her childhood
- Shane Wiegand, co-lead of the Antiracist Curriculum Project at the Pathstone Foundation, and board member at City Roots CLT