Flint still doesn't have clean drinking water
When discussing the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, it's difficult to process what's happening without acknowledging the racial and economic status of the city that helped this crisis come into fruition. Here's a full timeline of the Flint water crisis via CNN.
Flint, located 70 miles north of Detroit, is a city of 98,310, where 41.2% of residents live below the poverty line and the median household income is $24,862, according to the US Census Bureau. The median household income for the rest of Michigan is $49,576. The city is 56.6% African-American. This puts into question as to why, after almost 3 years since the crisis began, still nothing has been done to help the residents of Flint. Why and how did the situation get so bad? It can be argued that if a similar crisis were to happen in a more affluent community with a larger percentage of white residents, the problem would have been dealt with much more swiftly.
You can see another example of this with the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline's original plans had been routed to run through Bismarck, a predominantly white city. It was then rerouted (with virtually no protest from Bismarck residents) to its current location through the Sioux tribal lands at Standing Rock, where protestors and water protecters have been fighting a bitter fight that seems to see no end in sight - and it's not looking good with Trump in charge.
From this standpoint, it seems clear that racial and economic status of a city's residents seems to play a big role in the how public health and safety is prioritized. It's unjust and inhumane.
So what can we do to help?
We need to show up for Flint. We need to support them. We need to donate and send clean water. We need to keep speaking up about this issue, and let the government know that we have not forgotten about what's going on. These residents are using bottled water to bathe, cook, and clean every single day. Their children are suffering developmental issues from drinking the contaminated water, and breaking into rashes. Every human has the right to clean drinking water, and what's happening in Flint is unacceptable.
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