Flint: On Colors of Water and Skin

The story of Flint, Michigan is one of extreme hardship, as an entire community struggles to survive with water unsuitable for drinking. Unclean water there first made national news after children there showed physical and mental developmental issues consistent with lead poisoning.


In this New York Times article, author John Eligon explores the logic behind claims of environmental racism in Flint, Michigan after their recent water crisis. He balances criticism of Republican Michigan state legislature and Governor Rick Snyder for undervaluing and under-reacting to the Flint community with acknowledgements of Flint’s remarkable diversity and other political games involved. He points out that another reason for Michigan’s poor response to the Flint crisis might be Flint’s position as one of the Democratic strongholds in the deep-red state.

Regardless of reasoning, Flint remains an interesting case of whether or not environmental racism is involved. Further social-science-based evidence is likely to enter the public eye long after the crisis is over.


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