Washington, Apr 1 (EFE) .- The Government of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, proposed this Thursday a series of investments to end racial disparities in the workplace, infrastructure, housing, education and climate change.
“We know that for generations the disparities in our economy and our society have made it more difficult for communities of color to have a fair share in the American dream,” said Julie Rodríguez, Director of the White House Office for Intergovernmental Affairs. a call with journalists.
“It is time for long-awaited investments (to be made) to tackle systemic racism and rebuild our economy and our social safety net so that everyone in the US can reach their potential,” he said.
This initiative is part of the so-called American Jobs Plan, presented on Wednesday by Biden with investments in infrastructure and for the creation of jobs, which must still receive the approval of Congress and which includes funds to end inequalities in several areas .
According to a statement released by the White House, the plan calls for $ 100 billion for workforce development programs, which aim to train minority students for jobs with the highest demand.
It also aims to narrow the digital divide, since, according to the text, black and Latino families have less access to broadband than white families.
Another point mentioned by Rodríguez was infrastructure: “We know that Americans of color are twice as likely as whites to depend on public transportation,” he recalled.
Therefore, “the plan will build more equitable transport infrastructure and public systems,” he added.
In this sense, 15,000 million dollars will be invested for a program that aims to create links between neighborhoods that are historically worse connected by infrastructures.
Another section of the initiative is to end inequalities in climate change.
In this regard, a head of the Domestic Policy Council for Equality and Racial Justice, Catherine Lhamon, pointed out in the same call that the Government wants to allocate funds to protect minorities from the climate crisis.
“Black people are three times more likely to die from asthma-related causes than whites. One in three, of the 23 million Latinos in the US, live in counties where the air does not meet health standards. from the EPA (the government’s environmental agency) on smog, “he said.
The project also includes a $ 5 billion investment over eight years in programs to reduce gun violence in communities; $ 213 billion for affordable housing; and $ 100 billion to reform and build new public schools, among others.