In a recent interview on CNN, film-maker Michael Moore described the poisoning of the water system, “a racial crime.” The city of Flint, Michigan where Michael Moore is from is 57% black. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are an estimated 100,000 residents in the city of Flint. Of which, 42% of the city’s residents lived below the poverty line between 2009 and 2013. During that same time period, the median household income was $24,834.
In the interview Michael Moore continues by likening the willful negligence and disregard for the lives of Flint residents to “ethnic cleansing.” Given these statistics, given with the fact that very little has been done to ameliorate the situation, it’s hard to argue that Michael Moore ios wrong in his assessment here. Calling what happened in Flint a “racial crime,” and Likening it to “ethnic cleansing,” may seem a bit harsh to some. If so, I believe it’s indicative of one not having a clear understanding of just exactly what has happened, and what hardships residents of Flint are now contending with. Especially the parents of some 9,000 children who may very well develop irreversible physiological brain damage and developmental challenges.
But don’t worry, Flint residents are mostly black so no big deal, right?
You can click here to read Michael Moore make his case at Time.com. Whether you agree or disagree with Michael Moore’s opinion, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. If you don’t agree, I’d love to see you make a case that supports your view below. Trust me, I’ll be nice to you when responding. And no, for the record, I don’t believe that there was some grand conspiracy behind the poisoning of the water in Flint, Michigan.