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Horrors of the Flint River Water Crisis

Carl Huntere, 48, of Flint, Mich., walks home through the snow from the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, where he received a case of free bottled water. (Regina H. Boone/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

Written by Jada Dukes, Staff Writer

Although I have seen news on the Flint water crisis either while flipping through news channels or scrolling past a Facebook article, I honestly didn’t take the time to really get informed about what is happening in Flint, Michigan. now that I’m all caught up I must say I am both appalled and disgusted by what I’ve learned.

TIME Magazine published an article entitled “Flint Water crisis explained in 3 Gifs.” The title is pretty self-explanatory but I found the article to be extremely informative because it gives you visuals of exactly how the water in Flint got contaminated along with explaining the actions leading up to what is happening now.

Hundreds of children were exposed to contaminated water and are suffering from lead poisoning and possible brain damage along with the ten Flint residents who allegedly lost their lives to the water crisis. How could any of the government officials in Flint, Michigan not have seen this coming? Did they think it was a good idea to use a completely new water source from a river that, according to TIME, is said to contain eight times more chloride than the Detroit water source they were originally using? This seems like a careless mistake and the entire situation could have been avoided.

In response to the horrific events that have taken place in Flint the residents are outraged and are calling for the governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, to resign from office or be arrested. One Flint native , Mr. Michael Moore, a respected journalist, author, and actor not only took to Twitter to accuse the Governor of Michigan of committing racial genocide, but he also wrote an article entitled “10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Crisis, But I Will.” In the article Moore goes on to make even more startling accusations and reveals some extremely shocking truths about what has been happening in Flint for a lot longer than most people think. The allegation I find the most shocking is the one in which Moore claims that a short time after the water supply was switched governor Snyder secretly paid $440,000 to supply General Motors with water from the original water supplier even after he was informed the water was corroding car parts on the assembly line.

While I am not sure whether or not Mr. Moore’s allegations are true I believe they are enough to warrant a closer investigation on Mr. Snyder. As far as the people of Flint calling for Snyder’s resignation, I stand behind them in their outrage and believe that they deserve some sort of justice for their pain and suffering.

 

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