For those of you who may have been unaware Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, poisoned the people if Flint (largely a community of color) and withheld information about the poisoning for over a year and a half. I am a junior disabled faculty member who put together this compilation at the request of students in my three Human Behavior in the Social Environment classes. The level of a modification of daily living as well as the anxiety regarding internal damage and the destruction of trust can be heard in the voices below. (This is PART 2 of the story that first ran on February 26, 2016)
Dr. Kathleen "Kelly" Levinstein, PhD, LCSW,LMSW, CADC, CSOTS
In addition, we were worried about how we would cook our food without clean water. Drinking the water was impossible. We were even afraid to wash our clothes and dishes with the water. Yes, we received bottled waters, but there is only so much that those could do. No matter how many bottled waters we received they would eventually run out. We also discovered that the filters that were distributed to us did not help. Despite what our family was going through, I worry about other families and households with children. This has a greater impact on children living in these conditions. This entire crisis affects every individual living in the city of Flint. It’s sad that “money” was the cause of this entire issue. Money was the main concern and not the people. Now we’re left to suffer. Hopefully, a plan to fix the infrastructure will happen soon.