Big Brother Flint to Sister Detroit


In Flint, where 56% of the population is, African American one may start to wonder why this exact city has endured the crisis. In areas of African American communities there are widely vague research on the history and progress of the environmental injustice happening. The environmental injustice that follows this case is at its greatest point. Not only has the city’s pipelines been affected but the people in the long term. The people have already begun to file complaints to the officials in the area but it does not stop the hazards from occurring. In research there has been a study that the water that they have available to drink from their house is the leading factor of lead poisoning.

The Flint Water epidemic relates to Detroit’s most recent epidemic- the concern of power. Recently in the past month, a whole sector of the city was left without electricity. No this is not the exact same effects of the people in Flint withstood but crucial in a sense. The outage left thousands without any way to get heat throughout the coldest temperatures. The generators that are similar to the filters do not help. Unless you have, deep pockets those generators only last three hours that means that you would have to refuel it that often. Yes, there were officials out trying to stop the cause from prolonging but the question that comes to mind was why, was it so fragile to be easily broken in the first place? The issue of the power outage lasted months so that the elderly and poor were once again in an unconventional hindrance. The way the Flint Water Crisis has been handled has deeply sadden me. I believe it hurts the African American communities for years to come with additional mental illnesses. The society that I live in the system is left for us to die out by any means necessary.

In areas of the oppressed, no one has a second thought about whether or not to put the least proficient hospitals or schooling. One prime example that I would like to point out is cities like Detroit, Chicago and Queens/Bronx get a bad representation although, nobody takes in consideration of the plight that has been put into the areas. This description of scenery can be found in a book called Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol. In one point of the book he states that the city works twice as hard to cover the issue of the poverty in the town despite the fact of giving the people in need a place to stay or even use the space.”The idea is that they mustn’t be upset by knowing too much about the population here. It is not enough that these people are sequestered. It’s also important that their presence be disguised or ‘sweetened.’ The city did not repair the buildings so that kids who live around here could, in fact, have pretty rooms like those. Instead, they painted pretty rooms on the facades. It’s an illusion. (Kozol 34)” Aside from including this for talking about the housing issues and what the government feels may be on top of the priority list. In conjunction with that, this contributes is a glimpse of the minors mind thoughts that live in the cracks of the walls. The voice of being traumatized and very mature for their age group in which they should not be able to fathom the thoughts of depression or injustice. By doing so, he is able to show what society has led to hope to the youth of the country and knit pick others as if this countries system is made for success.  Authors like him really shed light on incarceration, drug abuse, cutbacks and politicians.