How the government poisoned a black city in America.

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The city switched its water supply from Lake Huron to a local river in a cost-saving move by government officials. Soon after the switch complaints trickled in about the water's quality and smell but residents were reassured that the water was safe.

Tests also revealed elevated levels of chemical compounds in the water supply that can lead to liver or kidney issues. Nonetheless, officials downplayed residents’ concerns, saying that the water was safe to drink.

Two years later independent research showed that the drinking supplies were found to contain lead that had leached from old plumbing pipes. There were 87 confirmed Legionnaires' cases, including 10 deaths, from June 2014 to November 2015, compared to only 21 cases in 2012 and 2013. Michigan health officials said they can't conclude that the increase was related to Flint's water.

Flint pulled water from its river for 18 months until last fall but didn't use treatments that could have reduced corrosion and removed contaminants.Local officials declared a public health emergency in October in response to elevated levels of lead in children. Lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities in children as well as kidney ailments in adults.

Flint residents and civil rights advocates have linked the government’s slow response to the crisis to environmental racism, a term that refers to the proven correlation between the racial, ethnic and class backgrounds of an area’s residents and proximity to hazardous waste. Flint is a majority-black city where more than 40% of residents live below the poverty line.
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The city switched its water supply from Lake Huron to a local river in a cost-saving move by government officials. Soon after the switch complaints trickled in about the water's quality and smell but residents were reassured that the water was safe.

Tests also revealed elevated levels of chemical compounds in the water supply that can lead to liver or kidney issues. Nonetheless, officials downplayed residents’ concerns, saying that the water was safe to drink.

Two years later independent research showed that the drinking supplies were found to contain lead that had leached from old plumbing pipes. There were 87 confirmed Legionnaires' cases, including 10 deaths, from June 2014 to November 2015, compared to only 21 cases in 2012 and 2013. Michigan health officials said they can't conclude that the increase was related to Flint's water.

Flint pulled water from its river for 18 months until last fall but didn't use treatments that could have reduced corrosion and removed contaminants.Local officials declared a public health emergency in October in response to elevated levels of lead in children. Lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities in children as well as kidney ailments in adults.

Flint residents and civil rights advocates have linked the government’s slow response to the crisis to environmental racism, a term that refers to the proven correlation between the racial, ethnic and class backgrounds of an area’s residents and proximity to hazardous waste. Flint is a majority-black city where more than 40% of residents live below the poverty line.
this is horrible. i don't think it will be high on President Trump's to do list tho'

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The city switched its water supply from Lake Huron to a local river in a cost-saving move by government officials. Soon after the switch complaints trickled in about the water's quality and smell but residents were reassured that the water was safe.

Tests also revealed elevated levels of chemical compounds in the water supply that can lead to liver or kidney issues. Nonetheless, officials downplayed residents’ concerns, saying that the water was safe to drink.

Two years later independent research showed that the drinking supplies were found to contain lead that had leached from old plumbing pipes. There were 87 confirmed Legionnaires' cases, including 10 deaths, from June 2014 to November 2015, compared to only 21 cases in 2012 and 2013. Michigan health officials said they can't conclude that the increase was related to Flint's water.

Flint pulled water from its river for 18 months until last fall but didn't use treatments that could have reduced corrosion and removed contaminants.Local officials declared a public health emergency in October in response to elevated levels of lead in children. Lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities in children as well as kidney ailments in adults.

Flint residents and civil rights advocates have linked the government’s slow response to the crisis to environmental racism, a term that refers to the proven correlation between the racial, ethnic and class backgrounds of an area’s residents and proximity to hazardous waste. Flint is a majority-black city where more than 40% of residents live below the poverty line.
That is nothing short of disgraceful; what makes black lives any less deserving of clean, un contaminated water than white lives?

America, get your shizz together.
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Was it high on Obama's to do list?
It's not all about race. It's about class and poverty.
Poor white people are **** on from a great height just like poor black people are.
Middle-class black people live well off lives just like middle-class white people.
Read Thomas Sowell or catch him on you tube. He explains it brilliantly.
Don't be drawn in to people trying to push a race agenda.
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The people responsible for this need to be put behind bars
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Disgraceful.

Would like to see that water directed to the government officials who decided this.
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Flint really is a hell-hole. How is it even possible not to have clean drinking water in a country like the US?
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This story doesn't make sense:

The city switched its water supply from Lake Huron to a local river in a cost-saving move by government officials. Soon after the switch complaints trickled in about the water's quality and smell but residents were reassured that the water was safe.

Tests also revealed elevated levels of chemical compounds in the water supply that can lead to liver or kidney issues. Nonetheless, officials downplayed residents’ concerns, saying that the water was safe to drink.

Two years later independent research showed that the drinking supplies were found to contain lead that had leached from old plumbing pipes.
The city switches to a new source of water - how does this cause lead contamination from old pipes? Surely the old pipes are either running from the old source of water, or else are inside the city itself. Unless the city of Flint laid new lead pipes in the 2010s the switch to a new source of water is irrelevant.

There were 87 confirmed Legionnaires' cases, including 10 deaths, from June 2014 to November 2015, compared to only 21 cases in 2012 and 2013. Michigan health officials said they can't conclude that the increase was related to Flint's water.
Legionnaires' disease isn't caused by lead exposure nor is it caused by poor filtration of water. It occurs in stagnant heated water in e.g. central heating systems, air conditioners, etc. It is a symptom of poor maintenance of domestic plumbing. A Legionnaires' outbreak would not have anything to do with the city's water supply or the source of its water.

Flint pulled water from its river for 18 months until last fall but didn't use treatments that could have reduced corrosion and removed contaminants.Local officials declared a public health emergency in October in response to elevated levels of lead in children. Lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities in children as well as kidney ailments in adults.

Flint residents and civil rights advocates have linked the government’s slow response to the crisis to environmental racism, a term that refers to the proven correlation between the racial, ethnic and class backgrounds of an area’s residents and proximity to hazardous waste. Flint is a majority-black city where more than 40% of residents live below the poverty line.
Woah there, can't we shove in a few more unrelated facts that, if spoken quickly enough, sound like they have something to do with one another? If the city government of Flint thinks that its lead piping is a problem then I don't necessarily disagree, but they might find that this "emergency" began over a century ago, not conveniently just before the last election, or after some politically connected company lost some contract to supply water.

And in portrait, the environmentally racist 2015 Flint City Council:

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The title should be "Obama now racist."
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Good, UK should adopt this technique too.
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The city switched its water supply from Lake Huron to a local river in a cost-saving move by government officials. Soon after the switch complaints trickled in about the water's quality and smell but residents were reassured that the water was safe.

Tests also revealed elevated levels of chemical compounds in the water supply that can lead to liver or kidney issues. Nonetheless, officials downplayed residents’ concerns, saying that the water was safe to drink.

Two years later independent research showed that the drinking supplies were found to contain lead that had leached from old plumbing pipes. There were 87 confirmed Legionnaires' cases, including 10 deaths, from June 2014 to November 2015, compared to only 21 cases in 2012 and 2013. Michigan health officials said they can't conclude that the increase was related to Flint's water.

Flint pulled water from its river for 18 months until last fall but didn't use treatments that could have reduced corrosion and removed contaminants.Local officials declared a public health emergency in October in response to elevated levels of lead in children. Lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities in children as well as kidney ailments in adults.

Flint residents and civil rights advocates have linked the government’s slow response to the crisis to environmental racism, a term that refers to the proven correlation between the racial, ethnic and class backgrounds of an area’s residents and proximity to hazardous waste. Flint is a majority-black city where more than 40% of residents live below the poverty line.
Kanye was right.

The government doesnt care about black people.

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If that's what happened, incompetence mostly. This is a local government issue; the vast majority of the voters were and are black and the vast majority of the elected officials were and are black.

What happened is that black officials elected by black voters bankrupted the city, liquidators took over who switched from the Detroit city government (also black-dominated and bankrupt) water supplier to a cheaper water supplier, and when the elected officials regained control they began a state of emergency in response to this suspiciously vague crisis.

A cynic might say that this happened because Detroit wasn't happy about losing revenue from Flint, black Democrats in Michigan are beholden to Detroit, and Detroit officials have told Flint officials to restore the bung Flint taxpayer were giving them for expensive water. Since that sounds awful on an election flyer, they launched a state of emergency to cover their arses pretending it was a public health issue. Alternatively it might be because the existence of lead piping from the 19th century is a shocking new problem that no one was aware of, and somehow caused by white people in 2015.
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Pretty sure the local government did this- and they have mainly black officers and a black mayor/leader.
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As the if chances of getting pumped full of lead were not already high enough
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So what you're saying is the government hates black people so much it wants to wipe out a town that is 40% white. Right.

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Was it high on Obama's to do list?
It's not all about race. It's about class and poverty.
Poor white people are **** on from a great height just like poor black people are.
Middle-class black people live well off lives just like middle-class white people.
Read Thomas Sowell or catch him on you tube. He explains it brilliantly.
Don't be drawn in to people trying to push a race agenda.
I don't understand how you can pay attention to classicism but ignore race issues when they are both quite evidently present in Western society (and pretty much the whole world), sorry I'm a bit foggy at the moment, but what I am saying is why ignore one or the other, they are basically intertwined
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37.4% of the people there are White according to wikipedia


Hardly a Black city then is it?

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Absolutely disgraceful. Whoever is in charge of water and sanitation on the council needs to spend some time in a shared tastefully-decorated minimalist environment with edgy bars in the window instead of glass so that they can reflect on their negligence.
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I don't understand how you can pay attention to classicism but ignore race issues when they are both quite evidently present in Western society (and pretty much the whole world), sorry I'm a bit foggy at the moment, but what I am saying is why ignore one or the other, they are basically intertwined
What Sowell says is that the race element doesn't add anything to the class element, i.e. poor blacks are no worse off than poor whites, it's just that a greater proportion of blacks are poor than whites.
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