Filmmaker Michael Moore Cites Racism in Flint Water Crisis
Michigan native and documentary film maker Michael Moore believes the reason Flint’s water problems have remained unresolved is due to racism. He said the issue would have been resolved if the problem was in a different area.
Moore was speaking at the New York premiere of a Lifetime movie called “Flint” about the water crisis. The movie, starring Queen Latifah, Betsy Brandt and Marin Ireland as residents of Flint shows residents fighting for justice after finding out that their water has been contaminated with lead.
Michael Moore, who wasn’t involved in the movie production, was in New York to support the film because it was about his hometown.
“This country wouldn’t have a middle class if it wasn’t for Flint, Michigan. It’s where the strikes began that formed the UAW (United Auto Workers), which formed the middle class. Our grandfathers and great-grandparents, you know, didn’t have anything. And because of Flint, it allowed working people to earn a decent wage and have a life,” Moore said before the screening.
“What’s the holdup? What is the holdup? I just can’t help but think if this was 100,000 people in Westchester County (New York) or outside of (Washington) D.C. in Virginia somewhere that this would (not) still be going on,” Moore said.
Moore added that the fact that this city would end up being poisoned at the beginning of the 21st Century by the very system it helped to create, “and a certain political party allowed this to happen, is just criminal.”
The water crisis started in 2014 when the water source was changed from Lake Huron to Flint River. Without the necessary treatment of the water from Flint River, residents were exposed to extremely high lead levels.
Treatment for the water has been corrected but residual lead in the pipes still pose a major risk.
“All the pipes have to be replaced. We know how to do that. This isn’t rocket science. This is about bringing the Army Corp of Engineers into Flint. It’s going to cost about a billion dollars. The entire city has to be ripped up, and not just the city pipes, but all the piping that goes into people’s homes has been corroded by toxins,” Moore said.
“When that’s done, we’re gonna be drinking fresh water from Lake Huron again… it will take a year or so to do this,” Moore continued.
Flint have yet to replace any water pipes in Flint.
“What’s the holdup? What is the holdup? I just can’t help but think if this was 100,000 people in Westchester County (New York) or outside of (Washington) D.C. in Virginia somewhere that this would (not) still be going on,” Michael Moore said.
“Flint” will premiere on Lifetime Network on Saturday.
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