A LESSON IN "ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM"
HAVE MOST OF THE PEOPLE BE BLACK
IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN
The Black Population of Michigan as of 2010 census
was approximately 14%
The White Population of Michigan as of 2010 census
was approximately 79%
WHILE IN FLINT MICHIGAN
The Black Population of Flint, Michigan as of 2010 census
was approximately 57%
The White Population of Flint, Michigan as of 2010 census
was approximately 37%
SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS
HAVE MANY OF THE PEOPLE BE POOR
HAVE A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR
THAT HAS MORE REGARD FOR
1) LIVES HE SEES
AS LESS THAN HUMAN
2) THE ENVIRONMENT
Nearly two years ago, in April of 2014 Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder appointed Emergency Manager Darnell Earley and tasked him to balance the budget of Flint. They decided they could save money by switching Flint's water supply from Lake Huron (which they were paying the city of Detroit for), to the Flint River
They did this knowing that the Flint River had served as a dump for industrial waste for decades prior to the Clean Water Act of the 1970s and 1980s.
3. Republicans Saving Money (Industrial Waste was dumped there in the first place because the black poor didn't count. And rumor has it, Republicans are trying to block water clean up regulations right now, in 2016)
To make things even worse, these men failed to add an anti-lead preventive that is required by the federal government--in order to save money.
I don't know if any of the children are dead of lead poisoning yet. But the children that live will suffer varying degrees of brain damage and other ailments from the lead poisoning.
But there are people dead of Legionnaires Disease in Flint Michigan and all signs point to the water as a source of that too
Michigan's governor finally switched the water supply back, after 3 months of arguing with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha over the lead levels she was finding in children's blood due to the tainted water. President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint Michigan to help prevent even more lead poisoning in the children and to provide the people of Flint with drinkable water.
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Some folks are calling for Governor Rick Snyder to face jail time. I, for one, do not think this is unreasonable. He managed to do what Americans have been afraid Al Qaeda or Isis might do. He managed to poison the water supply to a major American City. He managed to poison the water supply of Michael Moore's beloved Flint Michigan.
An Open Letter From Michael Moore to Rick Snyder: