Michael Moore Says Flint Water Crisis Is a Racist ‘Hate Crime’

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Filmmaker Michael Moore calls the Flint water crisis an issue of racism, as the mostly Black and poor residents of the town will now be faced with expensive water bills.

American filmmaker and author Michael Moore appeared on the show Real Time With Bill Maher and called the Flint water crisis a hate crime, chiding Republican governor of Michigan Rick Snyder and his handling of the crisis.

“This was a hate crime,” the Flint-born filmmaker said in an article published in The Rolling Stone. “They did it because it’s a Black city, it’s a poor city, they wouldn’t do this to Bloomfield Hills or Ann Arbor or Grosse Pointe.”

When Bill Maher pointed out that similar disasters have occurred in majority-white cities, Moore said local government looked quickly into resolving the problem in those cases, instead of what happened in Flint where politicians attempted to cover up the issue.

The residents of Flint have been dealing with the crisis created by elected officials for years, but will now have to literally foot the bill for it. Over the next 5 years households will see their water bills more than double.

According to a report from the Michigan Department of Treasury, the renovations required to make Flint’s water drinkable and safe again will come with bills expected to jump from US$54 a month to $110 a month. Pipes will be replaced slowly throughout the city.

Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri says the increase in the bill is due to a decline in the city’s population.

“[Flint’s water system was] built for 200,000 people, but you don’t have 200,000 people,” Khouri said, as published in The Fusion.

Today, Flint’s population is 99,000, meaning residents will have to take on the expenses of a fixed-cost system of those who left the city behind.

Via TeleSur

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  1. Michael Moore has not criticized those in Obama administration even though EPA regional administrator Dr. Susan Edman was forced to resign and the FEMA national director denied requests from Governor Snyder for financial assistance.

    Recent probes into the Flint crisis have substantiated culpable conduct as well as deficient leadership at the federal, state, and local levels.

    Governor Snyder has recently paid an $800,000 retainer to a prestigious Michigan law firm using taxpayer monies to defend him against possible civil liability or criminal charges arising from the Flint situation.

    At the most recent state GOP convention in Lansing in April of this year, Snyder did not mention the Flint crisis – although Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette again promised to “let the chips fall where they may” in his investigation of the crisis.

  2. Poisoning the watering hole is an age-old trick to get those who rely on its water to leave.

    Has extreme right-wing government descended to poisoning little children of color as tacit policy?

    You bet.

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