|In The End, The Flint Water Crisis Two Years and Months Later|
Comes Down To Are All of Flint's Residents Safe To Drink The Water
Expelling From Their Taps. The Question Has Yet To Be Answered.
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As the first independent media resource to report on the Flint Water Crisis in March 2015, we'll be first to admit -- we stop covering this tragedy in February 2016. Not long after filming the mini-documentary titled "Flint Water Crisis - Real People, Real Stories Real Life" highlighting residents stories in the City Limits of Flint, Michigan of how they dealt with a toxic water disaster expelling from faucets, sinks and other water output resources in what was once dubbed as "Buick City".
Why did we at Independent Underground News & Talk stop reporting on the Flint Water Crisis considering our small independent media resource originally broke much of what has been regurgitated "breaking news" over the year plus?
We foreseen what is now the sad reality six months later post the first December 2015 National Media story in the Washington Post. Not much has changed for Flint's poorest and most suffering residents on the ground with being able to trust water coming out of their taps, at all.
View The Mini-Documentary - Flint Water Crisis: Real Stories, Real People, Real Life - Below
How did it get here?
Here to the point after millions and possibly billions of donated funds raised, a national media onslaught, a state governor who at one point had the lowest overall approval rating in the nation for his inept delayed response to a toxic water crisis in a state he leads, lawsuits filed, a new mayor, celebrities running in and out of town in Flint and a self-promoted "Town Hall" event on behalf of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow -- nothing at all truly have been fixed in Flint, yet.
To this day, to shop for fresh groceries, Flint residents either must travel to a Farmer's Market in downtown Flint closed in Michigan's winter months, hope for hodgepodge of pickings at a corner store or drive outside Flint's city limits to experience shopping for fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and more - most residents of Michigan can receive by driving less than 1 mile within their town.
Nothing much in Flint has changed, at all.
However, the band plays on as in the out of tune instruments at this point, fighting for a moment of attention. So many instruments are playing to the beat of their on drums, it is difficult for residents to know which notes are the true notes to follow.
Eight months later post National Media revealations, the story is as followed:
"There's a civil war brewing among activists in the Flint water crisis, creating divisions and hard feelings that threaten to overshadow the work they've done and the reasons they came together in the first place." wrote reporter Ron Fonger from MLive.
"This is a natural consequence of a complete and total loss of trust. It's post-traumatic stress," said Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech university professor who coordinated testing that first identified widespread lead contamination in Flint's water.
Edwards and citizen activists have been credited for their persistence in questioning the safety and quality of water here since the city changed its source to the Flint River more than two years ago.
The coalition held together since — even after state and local officials assured them there was nothing to worry about."
The famous fifteen minutes of fame for some, extended to 30 minutes, yet the end results are still the same. Flint's poorest, most suffering residents from this toxic water tragedy continue to suffer.
Where exactly are they now? Not in Flint, Michigan - that is for sure.
Well, this question silently remains unanswered.
Is it safer than replacing the lead pipes? Likely not, but after millions or possibly billions of dollars donated to Flint to assist with a toxic water crisis in its' miss - cheaper over possibly safer the powers-that-be have decided is "safer"
Speaking of Powers-That-Be, Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder still and will likely have until December 31, 2018 -- his job as Governor. Three low-level state employees were charged by Michigan's Attorney General and next Republican candidate for Governor in 2018, Bill Schuette-on-Duty office.
How is that going -- the charges that is? No one knows.
It is doubtful the "top banana-rama" Governor Rick Snyder will ever be charged with any crime State or Federal wise -- before his term is done or maybe never, ever. That happenstance is downright sad.
Or has it? Was it all a temporary smoke screen until the minds of many that cared moved onto an election no one really cares about between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump? Who knows.
When a group named the Flint Water Scandal tried to corner the Independent Media market as if they broke the story originally anytime before October 2015 - we knew then the circus had begun.
Sadly, we are witnessing the "Fat Lady" tuning up in preparations to call this show OVER in retrospect -- because reality says not much as really changed.
Children, Adults and Animals alike are wondering if the rashes on their skin will ever truly go away. Attorneys left and right have made big promises that might or might not come to fruition years - if not decades - down the line.