This picture of the water coming out of the tap in Flint, Michigan, says it all. For two years, ever since immediately after the city water supply was switched to save money, this is what Flint residents have had to deal with. The economic privilege of those who made these decisions and refused to address the consequences is morally bankrupt.
And yet the U.S. Congress just passed legislation to block the implementation of the Clean Water rules. GOP Senator Ernst says “We all want clean water. This rule is not about clean water. Rather, it is about how much authority the federal government and unelected bureaucrats should have to regulate what is done on private land.” GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan just wrote an editorial about this being an example government overreach. Fortunately we have a President who cares about the less privileged, and vetoed that.
The necessity of Black Lives Matter could not be clearer, nor could the blindness of the privileged.