Tainted water is poisoning thousands of children in the predominantly African-American city of Flint, Michigan. The high levels of lead in Flint’s water may create a plethora of serious, long-term health problems including brain damage, behavioral troubles, anemia and kidney problems. On Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint and Genesee County in response to high levels of lead in Flint’s water supply. The U.S. attorney’s office has launched an investigation to understand who is responsible, and filmmaker Michael Moore has called for Snyder’s arrest.
Commenting on Moore’s initiative, Gov. Snyder told media outlets that it is “ridiculous” that he is being blamed for the epidemic “when there are thousands of black people out there who need help from white Americans.” “There has not been a time when our black brothers needed more help from us than right now. What is going on in Flint is proof that God is sending us the opportunity to do another good deed, just like Abraham Lincoln when he abolished slavery,” he added.
However, Snyder also denied the possibility that high levels of lead in Flint’s water supply were the work of a single person: “Does anybody really believe that someone had the bright idea to go out and poison thousands of people, including countless children? Are we really going to consider the possibility that someone did something like that intentionally? I, for one, am not and I don’t care what anyone says, I refuse to believe that someone in their right mind did that.” Asked what he believed was the cause for the poisoning, he replied, “I don’t know, I’m having a hard time believing that black people are the only ones who are affected by all of this. Maybe they just have a naturally low tolerance to lead, you know?”
He continued, “I mean, I haven’t seen any white people complaining about the water in any of the surrounding areas. This might sound insensitive, but I wish everybody would stop blaming us for the fact that the water only seems to be hurting African-Americans. I certainly didn’t cause it, and I’m pretty sure white people didn’t do it either. It might be a genetic thing, you know, just like black people sweat more than white people.”
“Honestly, even though we always seem to get the short end of the stick, I still think we ought to do everything in our power to reconcile the situation and help Flint residents with everything we have. I’m confident we should do that even though young, black drug dealers residing in that area are going to continue impregnating white girls every chance they get, but you know what God says, ‘forgive and forget,’” he concluded.