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Severely Contaminated Water System in Flint Prompts Calls for Arrest of Michigan Governor, Accusations of Genocide Against Black People

(Jake May/MLive.com)

(Jake May/MLive.com)

The city of Flint, Mich. is currently facing an environmental disaster, as authorities have declared the local water system has been contaminated by lead and copper poisoning. The situation is so bad that the city is giving out free water filters to local residents. Mayor Karen Weaver has called the situation an “emergency.”

Flint, which is 60 percent Black, is still dealing with the consequences of decisions made by Ed Kurtz, an emergency manager appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, and the city council. Emergency managers are appointed to run economically-distressed towns and poorly-performing school districts.

Snyder’s decision to appoint several managers to oversee troubled Michigan municipalities has proven to be controversial. According to Democracy Now!, 52 percent of Black Michigan residents lived in areas overseen by emergency managers from 2013-14. Only 2 percent of white residents lived under emergency managers.

In 2013, the Flint city council voted 7-1 to stop buying water from Detroit, and start receiving water from the Karegnondi Water Authority according to MLive.com. The decision was supposed to save the city $19 million over eight years. Kurtz signed off on the decision. However, the new water system would not be ready for three years, so the city turned to the local Flint River as a source of water. This plan was implemented by state-appointed emergency manager Darnell Earley.

However, soon after the switch to the new water supply, residents started complaining about foul-smelling water. They also reported water that was brown and yellow. Four months after the switch, the city told residents to boil their water, because it was contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria. The water was so bad that General Motors said they would no longer use it in their plant because of fears it would cause corrosion.

Flint residents have reported devastating health effects from the contaminated water. LeeAnne Walters told Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman that her family broke out in rashes that looked like chemical burns from using the water. Melissa Mayes said she has seen changes in the academic performance of her children.

“Well, my sons, all three of them, are very bright. They had a great future going. Their school—their grades in school were fantastic. My oldest is actually taking high school and college classes at the same time, so he scored so well, he was able to do that, so he would have an associate’s degree by the time he graduated high school,” Mayes said. “Well, now he’s struggling. He needs a tutor. And he has a C average, which is unheard of for him. And he’s really getting down on himself, because he’s missing small things, pluses and minuses in algebra, little small things, because of brain fog.”

Mulenga Harangua, who designs and sells T-shirts, told Metro Times columnist Larry Gabriel the polluted water would have long-term consequences for Flint.

“It’s a lifetime for those kids,” Harangua said. “Mayor Weaver says this is going to cause a greater need for special education, mental health services, and some accommodation from the juvenile justice system.”

He was also scathing in his criticism of Gov. Rick Snyder, saying he needs to be arrested for the Flint water situation.

“This abomination lies squarely at the feet of Gov. Snyder. No, not at his feet, it’s in his heart and soul, his psyche,” Harangua said. “He was warned that the water from the Flint River would leach lead from the pipes without fixing them for that use. He poisoned the residents of Flint in order to save some money. It’s heartless, cruel, and I would hazard to say criminal.”

Filmmaker Michael Moore’s criticism of Snyder was even harsher.

“This is a racial killing. Flint MI is 60% black. When u knowingly poison a black city, u r committing a version of genocide,” he said in a tweet.

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19 thoughts on “Severely Contaminated Water System in Flint Prompts Calls for Arrest of Michigan Governor, Accusations of Genocide Against Black People

  1. Keith Hines says:

    THIS FITS THE FEDERAL DEFINITION OF ***TERRORISM*** !!

  2. Keith Hines says:

    IT SHOULDN'T TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST FOLLOW THE PATTERNS OF ***Gov. RICK SNYDER*** ?? Please Read ??
    "THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S DEFINITION OF "TERRORISM" IS: "THE UNLAWFUL USE OF FORCE OR VIOLENCE COMMITTED BY A GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL AGAINST PERSONS OR PROPERTY TO INTIMIDATE OR COERCE A GOVERNMENT, THE CIVILIAN POPULATION, OR ANY SEGMENT THEREOF, IN FURTHERANCE OF POLITICAL OR SOCIAL OBJECTIVES. TERRORISM MAY BE PERPETRATED BY FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS." This Information Was Taken From: THE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) MANUAL. Page 8-2 "Gov. SNYDER KNOWINGLY FORCING PEOPLE TO USE "LEAD TAINTED WATER" WHO ARE NOW DAMAGED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME WITH HEALTH ISSUES IS ***PURE TERRORISM*** ONLY IT IS A "RICH PERSON'S WHITE COLLAR CRIME" AND CAN BE WASHED UNDER THE RUG !! HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL DIE FROM THIS IS UN-KNOWN ????????

  3. Denton Young says:

    Time to imprison Gov Snyder, all the EM's he's appointed and all his rethuglican cronies for life.

  4. Daisy Jones says:

    I WOULD SHARE THIS BUT BEING THE IGNORANT BOGUS HEADLINE "AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE" THEN WELL I REFUSE TO SPREAD THAT IGNORANCE. THIS IS IN THE WATER SUPPLY AND BEING ALL PEIOPLE ARE THE SAME NO RACE HAS NO SPECIAL POWERS AGAINST THE EFFCT OF IT, WELL THEN IT IS AGAINST EVERYBODY NOT JUST BLACK PEOPLE AND WHO EVER WROTE THIS LOPSIDED CRAP WITH THEIR PHOLONIOUS NUMBERS IS A RACIST THEIR OWNSELF.

  5. Daisy Jones says:

    BY THE WAY MICHAEL MOORE IS AN IDIOT ANYWAY

  6. Daisy Jones says:

    Jason Brickner WELL YOU DIPSHIT ASS WIPE ALL THIS IGNORANCE DOES CONCERN ME, DID HE HAVE CONTROL OVER WHICH EXACT HOMES THAT CONTAMINATION WOULD GO TO, OH THAT IS RIGHT NO HE DIDN'T SO PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AND STOP PROMOTING RACISM HE MAY BE GUILTY OD CONTAMINATING THE WATER BUT HE SURE DID NOT JUST SELECT IT FOR BLAVK PEOPLE IT GOES TO EVERYONE ONE THERE. SO IF PEOPLE DIE FROM IT, IT WONT JUST BE BLACK PEOPLE. MAYBE YOU SHOULD OPEN YOUR EYES OF THE DIVIDE AND CONQUER SCHEME TAKING PLACE IN OUR COUNTRY.

  7. Daisy Jones stay out of stuff that don't concern you then because when you poison over half of a population of a race of people in a state I'd say poetic licence by a black publication is the least of our worries. I'm more concerned with my governor getting away with murder because people will die from this several that makes him a mass murderer

  8. Ken Oscarson says:

    This is really political spinning. The governor doesn't run the water system. The city staff does. They are in charge and licensed to provide safe water to the residents. The discoloration results from years of build up of corrosion in iron pipes. When a new circulation pattern takes place this rust and sediment gets disturbed. It can be cleaned up by flushing the system but valves in the street that have not been turned in years due to lack of maintenance will be frozen in place often breaking when trying to force closed. This whole problem was self induced by the City council and city staff and now they are looking for a bailout, handout and someone like the manager that was put in there to bail them out of their other self induced mismanagement issues.

  9. Kaitlin Rush says:

    Daisy Jones ad hominem attacks are the refuge of a fool.

  10. Jesse Hicks says:

    Just so you know, Mulenga Harangua is a fictional character that Larry Gabriel references pretty often as a kind of Detroit everyman.

  11. Daisy Jones alot of POOR PEOPLE LIVE IN FLINT, MOSTLY BLACK AREA, CORRECT NO ALL BLACK BUT 90% POOR, Have you ever been to Flint, MI??? Did you go to Flint in in the 60s, 70's, 80's 90's and now?? Didn't think so Mr. San Perdo High Schooler.

  12. Deb Meadows says:

    Mr Hines, you look like a woking man, as I am a working lady.
    Most who look like they have two dimes to rub together are not safe in that area of Flint.
    We taxpayers foot the bill for that area, where nothing is ever fixed, and no one works, even when jobs are available.
    There are no fixers builder, thinkers, or workers in that area.
    That is the area where all the victims live, and destroy everyhing in their path.
    We as Americans believe in Charity to those in need. but We are getting fed up with those who choose a Career in complaining, accusing, blaming, and then telling their sad story of abuse and neglect. But they won't even help themselves.
    So when shtf in an area like that, and now they want people arrested, it is just old.
    Now when they find out how all that lead got in the water supply and if it were done intentionally, then yes arrest those responsible.
    Good fresh pure water is a human right.
    But I am sink and tired of everything being all about RACE……It is old, and has run its course.

  13. Deb Meadows is sick of racial conversations yet she groups entire people (like a city) as being bad people. Perhaps someone needs to shit in your water supply for you to understand what it is like.

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