Flint’s crisis is still not over.
Representative Dan Kildee stated, “The recovery for Flint is going to take literally decades and the fear that many of us have is that that moment that Flint was in the spotlight was the only moment where Flint would get help. The water quality has improved, the lead pipes are being replaced, about a third of them have been replaced so far. But I think it’s really dangerous to ask the people of Flint to trust governmental officials who are telling them that the water’s getting better and it’s probably ok to drink.”
He went on to say, “I’m a Flint kid and so it broke my heart when all this happened. But it filled my heart to see all this generosity. But it takes more than just acts of generosity, it takes change. Change in policy. We have to change the way we treat these older cities and the only way that happens is if people speak up. What people can do is pay attention and get involved, raise their voices. Not accept as sort of a matter of fate that people who live in poor communications, majority-minority communities, just have to live with the bad luck, the accident of their place of birth.”