The Identitariat, and its mouthpiece, the mainstream news media, never fail to disappoint with their backwards conception of cause and effect. Their blatant disregard for critical thinking is astounding and with each passing day, reveals further descent into ignorance in the name of racial norming.
Now we learn that traffic accidents be racist.
Traffic deaths soared in 2020 despite Americans driving less due to the pandemic, and Black Americans bore a disproportionate share of the increase in fatalities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated earlier this month that 38,680 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020, the largest projected number of deaths since 2007, despite a 13.2% decrease in miles traveled from the prior year. When broken down along racial lines, white pedestrian deaths grew 4%, American Indian fatalities grew 11%, and Asian and Pacific Islander deaths declined 29%.
But NHTSA found the largest increase in deaths — 23% — among Black people in what appears to be a stark illustration of which populations could and could not afford to stay home throughout the pandemic.
I can hear the furious sound of little hamsters spinning madly in the heads of all the social scientists as they rush to explain this statistic in a most palatable and racially-satisfying manner. Black people could not afford to stay home during the pandemic so they died from car accidents. Twenty-three percent is a formidable figure, formidable enough that a rash claim made by the NHTSA that this phenomenon is attributable to “not being able to afford staying home” raises an eyebrow.
But wait. Is the higher accident rate among blacks a trend, or a pandemic blip?
Deaths of Black Americans had already been increasing in recent years, with a 16% increase from 2005 to 2019, according to NHTSA data. In the same time period, traffic deaths for White people fell 27.8%.
Traffic accidents, much like broken windows, do not happen in a vacuum. They are a manifestation of underlying cultural failure and disorder. Traffic accidents are emblematic of impulsive and reckless behavior and disregard for long-term effects of behavior. On a cultural, community level, lack of conscientiousness and restraint express as “broken windows” which clutter the cohesive social landscape of the community.
In a sign of the times, everything is “racialized” and set against the pity-the-victims template of grievance. This includes the NHTSA which now appears to kowtow to the racial narrative. The curve has raced ahead, leaving poor Pete in the dust.
Angie Schmitt, a transportation consultant and author of “Right of Way,” a book about pedestrian deaths in the US, said she was disappointed to not yet see Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg comment on the 2020 fatalities or the racial disparity.
“We need to have a real wake-up call in the United States,” Schmitt said. “It’s a good time for leaders to recommit to safety. What we’re doing isn’t working very well.”
Following an inquiryregarding Buttigieg’s apparent silence on the new data, a NHTSA spokesperson sent CNN Business a statement from Buttigieg calling safety a top priority.
“Last year’s traffic fatality rates and the racial disparities reflected in them are unacceptable. This reflects broader patterns of inequity in our country — and it underscores the urgent work we must undertake as a nation to make our roads safer for every American,” Buttigieg said in the statement.
Buttigieg also said that President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan calls for a $20 billion investment in safety, including $10 billion for safe streets, which would fund efforts to reduce accidents.
Biden and his transportation team are rushing to soothe the racial fray because the stampede to paint racism on all manner of social disgrace outpaces even the most ardent racial apologists in the Presidential administration. It’s hard to stay on top of the butthurt!
Much of the developing racial narrative squirms its way up to the slimy surface with anointed spokespeople ringing the bell to the next obstacle to racial pacification.
“Same story, different day. That’s unfortunate,” was how Charles Brown, who leads the urban planning and policy policy firm Equitable Cities, described his initial reaction to the 2020 fatality data and 23% increase in Black deaths.
“This tells me who was required to travel out and about, and who was allowed to work from home,” Eulois Cleckley, executive director of the Denver Department of Transportation told CNN Business. “We have a lot of work to do to fix our infrastructure and make it much more safe.”
He said that 5% of Denver’s roadways contribute to over 50% of its fatalities, and the deadliest roadways are overwhelmingly in mostly minority, low-income areas.
In the spirit of due diligence and objective curiosity (which is an endangered practice in the realm of CNN writers), I checked out the NHTSA’s statistical charts. Ultimately, the statement that high black death rates during the pandemic are owing to blacks having to leave the home for work is a theory only. It is conjecture which makes a little sense, but not much. What about that other group that probably left home most of all during the pandemic? I wonder what the NHTSA’s records would show about hispanic traffic deaths during the pandemic?
The NHTSA’s categorization scheme is not very timely. Hispanics can be theoretically represented in all the listed racial categories, but can’t the study authors make an honest effort of it? Perhaps “all other races” fills the bill, but that’s unknown. The data set is ambiguous and too ill-defined to make any solid, ethnic-defining pronouncements, but that doesn’t stop the racial doomsayers.
And assuredly not CNN.