You see images and news clips of third world country’s or find hashtags on Twitter and Instagram of a tragedy overseas and we, as Americans, feel sympathy and want to send our condolences and resources to help, but what about those suffering right in our own county? Flint,Michigan has been making headlines for the past several weeks since their on going water crisis is worsening as the entire city, whose population is 60% black, have been forced to drink, shower, and cook with water contaminated with lead that can cause brain damage, kidney damage, miscarriage in pregnant women, among other serious illnesses, and ultimately death.The drawn out and avoidable tragedy began when Governor Rick Synder decided to switch Flint’s water source from Lake Huron (one of the 5 Great Lakes) to the Flint River in an effort to “save money”. This has now left the city of Flint,MI struggling to stay alive and well as they cope with not having something as essential and simple as clean water.
The real voices from the city of Flint aren’t being heard and without proper understanding of the problem, you can’t provide proper solutions. I got the chance to speak with artist Jon Connor of Flint,Michigan and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment about what’s really going on on the ground in Flint, how we can effectively get involved, and why the #FlintWaterCrisis isn’t a trendy conversation starter, but a great problem in humanity in our country.