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.

snyder.jpg

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s