We already have been told that traffic accidents are racist, as this article from NBC News has shown us.
An estimated 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2020 — the largest projected number of deaths since 2007, according the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The number of Black people who died in such crashes was up 23 percent from 2019, the largest increase in traffic deaths among racial groups, according to the administration’s report.
This despite the fact that, as Norman Garrick, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of Connecticut, says blacks can’t afford cars.
“Black people tend to be overrepresented as walkers in this country,” Garrick said. “This is not by choice. In many cases, Black folks cannot afford motor vehicles. And people that walk in this country tend to experience a much, much higher rate of traffic fatality. We’re talking eight to 10 times more. It’s a perfect storm of a lot of horrible forces.”
“These fatalities have been going upward for a decade,” Gladney said. “You go to Black and brown communities, you go to lower-income communities and you don’t see many sidewalks. You don’t see as many pedestrian crossings. The types of streets that go through Black and brown neighborhoods are like mini highways where the speed limit is 35 or 45. You see this disproportionately in Black and brown communities often because of race-based decisions of the past.”
However, now we learn that the same precautions intended to reduce these accidents are racist too. In this latest example of “everything is racist” the focus is on traffic cameras.
[F]or all of their safety benefits, the hundreds of cameras that dot the city … have come at a steep cost for motorists from the city’s Black and Latino neighborhoods. A ProPublica analysis of millions of citations found that households in majority Black and Hispanic ZIP codes received tickets at around twice the rate of those in white areas between 2015 and 2019.
Now I know what you’re thinking, by enforcing traffic laws in Neighborhoods of Color you’re making them safer, thereby benefiting the people of color who live there. But you’re wrong, according to the prevailing leftist ideology, if someone other than a white oppressor gets a traffic ticket, indeed racism has occurred.
“We felt the brunt of it the way white people didn’t,” said Olatunji Oboi Reed, a longtime activist for racial equity in transportation in Chicago who has received a handful of camera tickets over the years.
And it seems that camera ticketing disparities among blacks have been discovered in Rochester, NY and Washington, DC as well.
Evidently it would seem, equity in traffic can only be achieved if traffic enforcement is limited to white people in their white neighborhoods, thereby allowing Neighborhoods of Color to degenerate into a blood drenched demolition derby not seen since “Death Race 2000.”
The article includes information that debunks its own premise that traffic cameras are harmful to minorities:
According to a 2017 city report, Black Chicagoans are killed in traffic crashes at twice the rate of white residents. … Both red-light and speed cameras are distributed roughly evenly among the city’s Black, Latino and white neighborhoods. … In general, research has found that the cameras help reduce serious accidents by changing driver behavior.
Yet still the writer tells us, “The root cause of traffic violence in our society that is disproportionately impacting Black and brown people is structural racism.”
And of course it would also be racist to point out that the “traffic violence” impacting black and brown people might be because of the way black or brown people drive. Instead we’re told that ticketing them for driving like maniacs or idiots only serves to reinforce white privilege. So I guess, Powerline is correct that “it is a near certainty that the camera enforcement program will be curtailed, because of equity.”
But you know what will happen next don’t you? Once traffic enforcement is relaxed in Neighborhoods of Color the media will blow it’s stack about how the lack of traffic enforcement in minority neighborhoods proves the existence of white supremacy and that systemic racism in Chicago costs lives.
Oh well, so much for judging people on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Today we live in a society where the victim is sacred and can do no wrong and victim status is based only on the color of their skin.
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