Photo credits: Jene’a Johnson
Central Michigan University’s (CMU) college newspaper recently profiled a story about Jene’a Johnson (pictured far left), a CMU junior from Flint, Michigan.
With all the talks raging on about chemical poisoning with the use of banned weapons in Idlib, Syria, the water poisoning crisis of Flint, Michigan has been totally abandoned by the mainstream media.
Johnson is one of the members of Flint’s 60 percent black population who feels forgotten, deprioritized, and frustrated.
While the poison inflicted upon the Syrian people came from the malicious, indiscriminate use of gaseous bombs, the poison inflicted upon the residents of Flint came from something that the city’s public works department is supposed to keep safe in order to give life: The people’s washing and drinking water supply.
When Johnson comes back home on the weekends or during vacations when she’s not attending classes at CMU, she comes home to a place among her family, which still reflects hardship and hopelessness. The government in Flint has made some paltry steps toward progress since the April 2014 water poisoning crisis began.
However, a large part of the Flint population is still unable to drink from the city’s water supply. “The damage has been done,” Johnson told her college newspaper.
“When you’re riding around there’s almost like a palpable, tangible feeling of despair,” Johnson went on to say. “Every church has the pallets outside of them now — the used pallets from all of the water bottle deliveries. It’s a constant reminder, you can’t look around and not see an empty bottle of water or some kind of litter,” she continued.
A lack of convenience, health complications, and even death has plagued the residents of Flint since the water poisoning crisis came about. However, the lack of media coverage concerning the situation has caused many people to forget that problems still mount.
“I guess it’s being portrayed correctly, but is it being portrayed adequately? Is it being portrayed enough?” Johnson questioned. “I think that’s where there are disparities, people don’t see it enough. There are so many issues pertaining to water in America today and I don’t think people realize water is life,” she added.
To read Johnson’s full story, which was published in the Central Michigan Life newspaper, visit the link to the research source give for this article.