A 10 minute long comparison between America’s and Europe’s public transport. Being from Sweden, I realized about 2 minutes into this video how USA’s car dependence especially hurts poor communities, and thus, communities of color. Even though they live closer to downtown (thus the term “inner city”) and thus are more likely to have public transport to begin with, still they suffer since they can’t afford a car as much, now that their public transport is underfinanced. And often, there’s no proper grocery store in proximity in the hood. The food’s bad enough in suburbia already due to poisonous ingredients such as GMO’s. You’re in many ways better off in the hood here in Sweden than the US suburbs.
I also recently saw a documentary about African-Americans’ historic relationship to cars, and their particular experience with the car culture as opposed of that of white folks. One thing I learned is that since blacks couldn’t always buy the best property, their car became that much more of a property, a sign of fortune. Then I also learned about the massive bulldozing of American cities for building these massive highway intersections (due to suburban sprawl), and which communities were demolished to make way for these roads, and that wasn’t only due to lower property value.
America’s public transport ain’t just a climate issue; it’s also a class issue, and thus a race issue.