Government Politics

Pete Buttigieg Complains There’s Too Many White Construction Workers

As concerns grow over the lasting impacts of the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment that resulted in the burning of vinyl chloride to prevent an explosion, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg remained silent on these concerns in a Monday conference, instead focusing on the number of white construction workers in the country.

“We have heard way too many stories from generations past of infrastructure where you got a neighborhood, often a neighborhood of color, that finally sees the project come to them, but everyone in the hard hats on that project, doing the good paying jobs, don’t look like they came from anywhere near the neighborhood,” Buttigieg said, speaking during the National Association of Counties Conference.

“You can build community wealth that will help close wealth gaps in this country if we can tear down those barriers. But that happens at the delivery level,” he added. Read more…

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