Flint Michigan, as of today, has been without clean water for 3 years and a month. The people of Flint feel betrayed by the government. Children are dying of lead poisoning, residents have nowhere to go, and no one is being held accountable.
Because Flint is a low-income predominantly African-American city, people feel like their voices aren’t being heard because they aren’t white aristocrats. Therefore, no one seems to be informed of their history and that means no one has a right to disregard their hardships. Hannah Ardent said it best, “…How can you have an opinion if you are not informed.”
In the late 90’s, the closing of auto plants caused socioeconomic devastation in the Flint community which caused a rise in crime and poverty. Since then, Flint has been struggling to get back on its feet and there has been a lack of investment in the community. The rights of citizens occupying the city have been overlooked which has led to a mass poisoning of peoples.
Goverment officials do not even know what is going on in their own backyard. The America seems to be on a continuous trend of globalization and failing to consider the domestic issues at hand. Nothing is just black and white therefore we need to look at issues holistically and from an interdisciplinary perspective. Until we fix this, we will not be able to appreciate the art and the urban culture Flint has to offer.