Flint, Michigan – Under the Cover of Darkness – Blatant Racial Injustice

Sunday, January 24, 2016 – Miami Herald – by Leonard Pitts Jr.

The Poor of Flint Were Left Under the Cover of Darkness

Disaster in poverty-stricken areas often lack public attention

The Michigan National Guard has been helping to distribute bottled water to residents of Flint, Mich., during the water crisis. (Photo:Dale G. Young/AP)

“Them that’s got shall get. Them that’s not shall lose” —Billie Holiday

It was in April of 2014 that the water turned bad. Residents of Flint, Mich., reported that the stuff smelled. It was yellowish brown. You drank it and your hair fell out. Or you developed a rash. Or you were nauseous..

Again, this was in April 2014

According to a computer search, it was not until the following January that the Detroit Free Press, just an hour down the road, took note. It wasn’t until March that the New York Times began reporting the story. It wasn’t until Jan. 5th of this year — almost two years later — that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder saw fit to declare a state of emergency and nine days afterward that he asked President Obama to declare the city a disaster area.  [Read more]

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Rejecting Snyder’s Claim, Experts Say Poisoning of Flint Blatant Racial Injustice

Meanwhile, research suggests Flint crisis ‘is not an isolated incident of poor public policies endangering the health of residents living in economically distressed communities.’

Experts are voicing strong disagreement with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who on Friday tried to argue that the lead poisoning plaguing the water of the majority-black city of Flint was “absolutely not” a case of environmental racism.

The Republican governor made the comment in an interview with MSNBC, adding that he’s “been devoted to helping” the city.

But that’s quite different from the way Paul Mohai, a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, whose work focuses on racial and socioeconomic factors in pollution, see it.  [Read more]

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  • Gigi  On January 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Will similar outrage be made in the case of Sebring, OH? That population is 97% white and middle class. The govt just this week declared a state of emergency for lead contaminated drinking water. And here is the shocker. The govt knew about it for months. I think it’s fair to say that if you’re not part of the 1% in America, govt could care less about you, even when you’re from the taxpayer base. The saying “don’t bit the hand that feeds you” is lost on this govt. Or maybe they too have been drinking the lead contaminated water. It does also affect the brain.

    Ohio EPA knew of lead contamination in Sebring for months: The Columbus Dispatch • Tuesday January 26, 2016 8:04 PM (http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/01/26/Ohio-EPA-knew-about-lead-issues-in-Sebring.html)

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