By Rachel Rundengan |Staff Writer|
Water is of major importance to all living things.
Seventy percent of the human body is made up of water.
So you can imagine just how important water is not only for our health, but also our overall well-being.
Some of you might read this and think that these facts are common knowledge—facts we should have known in grade school.
However, the crisis in Flint, Mich. has shown just how incapable Michigan officials were in understanding the importance of water.
Residents of Flint drank, cooked, and bathed with lead-contaminated water for the past two years.
For months, citizens of Flint could not get anyone to pay attention to the problems with their water supply.
“As a Flint citizen and as one of the activists who fought to raise awareness regarding quality in Flint, I witnessed firsthand a reluctance to address citizen concerns,” said Laura L. Sullivan, professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University, Michigan.
This crisis has been going on for two years, and it’s barely getting the media attention it deserves.
The reason behind this disaster was due to a financial strategy that would supposedly help with the city’s budget.
But screw making decisions off of financial concerns when people’s health are being jeopardized.
“As problems worsened, people from the community began attending city hall meetings and events with jugs of brown chalky water,” stated writer Timothy Regan.
“Despite clear evidence of contamination, officials continued to provide Flint Michigan with impure water,” added Regan.
Excuse my language, but how the hell does that make any sense?
How can anyone disregard such horrifying evidence?
This makes me question the veracity of this crisis.
Was the decision really made to stabilize the city’s budget, or did race and poverty factor into this water crisis?
“Between 2009 and 2013, some 41.5 percent of Flint’s residents lived below the poverty line, compared to just 16.8 percent of the rest of the state,” stated MSNBC national reporter Trymaine Lee.
“A quarter of its families have an annual income of below $15,000 a year,” added Lee.
Perhaps the decision that lead to the water crisis in Flint was made without any concern on account of its socioeconomic status.
“While the city is majority African American at 56 percent, whites make up 37.4 percent of the population,” continued Lee.
Do I believe this water crisis could have been prevented? Absolutely.
However, I feel as though this situation would have happened regardless as a result of Flint’s racial population and socioeconomic status, which would ultimately classify them as an underprivileged minority.
It’s easy to neglect anyone who seems to have little to no power at all.
The government and officials who are responsible for the water crisis in Flint made sure to take advantage of that.
It’s deliberately done if officials neglect to find the danger in the evidence of contaminated water; it’s no longer considered a mistake.
Unless we have no access to clean water, anyone that deprives us from drinking sanitary water should be held accountable.
As clean water is essential to our body and health, taking away its sanative component by allowing complete filth be digested into our system is like murder without motive.