Michael Moore on Flint Water Crisis 'This Is a Racial Crime'

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IDEAS Moore is a filmmaker whose work includes Roger Me, a 1989 documentary about Flint The people of my hometown, Flint, Mich., are being poisoned. Let me not mince words: This is a racial crime. If it were happening in another country, wed call it an ethnic cleansing. Flint is a very poor, majority African-American city, and the Republican governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, knows they have no political power, no lobbyists, no money.

And they didnt vote for him. So when the residents of Fl|18图.酷跑狗图 int, many of whom work two or three jobs for minimum wage, complained about the levels of lead in their water and told

the governor their children were getting sicktwo years ago!he didnt have to listen. Everybody knows that this would not have happened in predominantly white Michigan cities like West Bloomfield, or Grosse Pointe, or Ann Arbor. Everybody knows that if there had been two years of taxpayer complaints, and then a year of warnings from scientists and doctors, this would have been fixed in those towns. Related Stories   

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History     The History of Modern Mass Incarceration of African Americans Goes Deeper Than You May Think    This started when the governor turned Flints authority over to an emergency manager, ostensibly to fix the citys finances. In order to save a few million dollars, the manager and the governors office came up with the bright idea to unhook the citys water supply from Lake Huron and tap into the Flint River.  In the 20th century, General Motors made Flint the ultimate company town, and over the next 100 years the Flint River was turned into a sewer. Environmental experts warned the political leaders of the dangers of using the Flint River as a water source. They didnt listen.  So here we are. People need to stop saying that Flint was using Detroits water. It was pure water from Lake Huron, the third largest body of freshwater in the world. A toxic water crisis is the last thing that should happen here. The American middle class was built in Flint. Our grandparents knew that if they worked hard and the company prospered, they prospered. That was the American Dream, and it spread from Flint to the rest of the nation. Then around 1980, General Motors, a company that was making billions, figured out that it could make even more money by sending jobs to the nonunion South or overseas. This halved Flints population and brought along unemployment, poverty, alcoholism, broken families and other ills. The crime rate skyrocketed. Wall Street came in and cut Flints credit rating, making it impossible for Flint to recover, to attract jobs, to fix its infrastructure and schools. Flint went through a three-decade economic and social assault. Those who could get off the sinking shipmyself includedescaped. And those who were abandoned and left behind? They got their water poisoned. And when the governor found out, he kept quiet and let the poor of Flint continue drinking the poison. Marie Antoinette wouldve been proud. Except this time, no one offered any cake. Let them drink the Flint River has such a nice ring. Sign up for Inside TIME. Be the first to see the new cover of TIME and get our most compelling stories delivered straight to your inbox. 

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