Monday, April 25, 2016

Flint Water Crisis and Privilege

“Difference is not the problem; it is privilege and oppression based on difference.”
-       Allan G. Johnson.

 Throughout human history, the rich and powerful have used difference as a tool with which to protect and expand their privileges at the expense of the poor and powerless.  A recent example of this is eloquently stated in an article by Leonard Pitts Jr. regarding the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Mr. Pitts correctly points out that had the water been contaminated in an upscale community there would not have been a crisis.  He states that he cannot imagine a similar situation arising where the average income is over $100,000 a year.  As he sees it, it is not merely a race issue – it is an economic issue “about how we treat the poor, the way we render them invisible.”

 I appreciate people like Mr. Pitts who keep the reading public informed about issues of social justice.  And even if I haven't their skill nor their audience, I will always seek ways that I can add my “stubborn ounces” to the scales of equity. 

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