An independent panel appointed by Governor Rick Snyder has confirmed the obvious fact that race played a big part in the water crisis that plagued Flint.
According to the NY Times, the independent revealed that the crisis was exacerbated by racism and blatant disregard for the concerns of poor and minority people. That led to slow response from the government to the complaints from residents of Flint, Michigan. About the foul and discolored water that was making them sick.
According to the panel, the crisis “is a story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction and environmental injustice.”
It also validated complaints long argued by many Flint residents but largely dismissed by Mr. Snyder and others: that race and poverty contributed to the often scornful reactions to their complaints.
“Flint residents, who are majority black or African-American and among the most impoverished of any metropolitan area in the United States, did not enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards as that provided to other communities,” the report concluded.
In an interview after the report’s release, Ken Sikkema, a panel member and former state legislator, said the panel sought to raise a general alarm about the role of race and income, and to highlight inequities that may emerge in environmental responses.
This report is a sad reminder of the fact that the authorities pay less attention to things that affect minorities. Which is quite sad.