The Flint water crisis first started in 2014 when the drinking water source for the city of Flint, Michigan was changed from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the cheaper Flint River. Due to insufficient water treatment, lead leached from the lead water pipes into the drinking water, exposing over 100,000 residents (Wikipedia).
Tests in 2015 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Virginia Tech indicated dangerous levels of lead in the water at residents’ homes.Lead consumption can affect the heart, kidneys and nerves. Health effects of lead exposure in children include impaired cognition, behavioral disorders, hearing problems and delayed puberty.A class-action lawsuit charged that the state wasn’t treating the water with an anti-corrosive agent, in violation of federal law. As a result, the water was eroding the iron water mains, turning the water brown. Additionally, about half of the service lines to homes in Flint are made of lead and because the water wasn’t properly treated, lead began leaching into the water supply, in addition to the iron.Overall, more than a dozen lawsuits, including several additional class-action suits, were filed against Michigan and the city of Flint, as well as various state and city officials and employees involved in the decision to switch the source of the drinking water and those responsible for monitoring water quality. The range of remedies sought included monetary compensation for lead poisoning and refunds for water bills (CNN).
It is now 2019 and the City still does not have safe drinking water and its residents are still begging for it which is ludicrous. For the life of me, I do not and will not understand why thousands of people are accepting the unacceptable and some “activists” are encouraging them to do so.
My memo to the people of Flint is to MOVE. A twitter acquaintance was offended and called my position “a roll of the tongue” one. No, it is a
“get off the ass” one.
This has been an issue for almost five years. That is one thousand, eight hundred and twenty five days.
Let that sink in.
The government has failed these citizens yes. No question. No argument.
However; when the government fails, people do not just sit there and take it. They DO SOMETHING. They do what they need to do to be safe, sound, free.
My Twitter critic sent me a video of a black father of 3 who lives in Flint and when asked to move, he said “its not that easy”.
Moving across state lines is not that easy? Moving to another city is not that easy?
Sure, moving is challenging but you mean to tell me a grown man cannot muster first months rent, a security deposit, some boxes or trash bags and $29 for a Uhaul to move his children to a city that has safe drinking water?
Is that what some of you all want me to believe that in 5 years, a grown and able bodied could not save $1200? He could not eliminate a cable bill, reduce a cell phone bill, decrease entertainment for a season so he could acquire the money he needs to move?
I was told I live in LA LA land because having a plan and executing is the LA to the Land.
The Flint water crisis is affecting predominately poor people of color. They do not have the resources to move, I hear. They do not have any where to go, I hear.
I call bullshit.
We are the descendants of some of the strongest people in existence. Slaves crawled on their knees through a segregated and hateful South without any money, resources or a compass in their search of freedom.
They had no idea what was before them as they escaped into the dark of night with nothing more than the clothes on their back. Many women were carrying nursing babies and were pregnant with their Masters babies.
Yet, they found the courage to go head North…
And in 2019, we have thousands of people claiming they are too poor, too desolate, too broken and to disappointed by our government to provide a safe environment for themselves and their families.
I know poor. I know struggle. I know broken hearted.
I also know God. Faith. Vision. Persistence and Victory. Because I know the first two.
I know you keep going, you keep pressing, you do what you have to do to get to the other side.
I know personal responsibility and the blood of mighty women run through my veins and nothing is impossible. NO THING.
So for the dude who is still begging for bottled water to hand out to residents of Flint, have at it.
I gave. I supported and they are still there. Now is the time to move. Its been too long waiting for a rescue.
The rescue is a plan and a Uhaul.
Get to packing.
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