Rasheed Wallace has spent time in Flint, MI, helping deliver water to a community poisoned by lead from corroded pipes.
On Friday, Wallace wrote an impassioned plea to those thinking the issue — which came to the public sphere in 2014 — had gone away.
From The Players’ Tribune:
Boarded up homes, shuttered business, no street lights on at night. You have maybe 12 to 15 homes on one block, but only two of those are occupied. Part of Flint was already in extreme poverty, but what I saw was something else: people missing clumps of hair, rashes on adults and children alike — all because of poisoned water. Imagine that: The poorest people paying the heaviest price.
You can read this and ignore it. You can say I don’t know what I’m talking about. Look, I’m not a water expert. I’m not a scientist. But I’ve been to Flint. I’ve seen what’s happening. We have a third-world situation still going on in the United States of America. That’s the truth.
The cameras are gone, but the people are still there, and they still need our help.
Governor Rick Snyder has issued some relief in the form of direct aid and credits toward fixing failing infrastructure. Several criminal cases have been brought up against employees of the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Still, the crisis in Flint is ongoing.