Jackson, Mississippi, and Flint, Michigan, are two cities that have had huge water crises. I know you’ve been keeping up with Jackson, Mississippi’s water crisis. In late August 2022, the Pearl River flooded due to a severe storm in the state.
The flooding caused O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant, the city’s largest water treatment facility, which was already running on backup pumps due to failures the month prior, to stop the treatment of drinking water indefinitely. – Wikipedia
Jackson Residents Are In a Crisis
Residents living in Jackson were immediately told not to drink the water. The mostly black city was now in a crisis, a water crisis to be exact. The city of Jackson, MS’s racial makeup is 82% blacks, 16% white, .33% Asia
ns, and 70% two other races as described by World Population Review. As you can see, Jackson is mostly a black city, with a predominately large black population. The effects of having no water on the community are devastating to most who live there. Jackson, Mississippi’s water crisis just didn’t start a few weeks ago, the problem started years ago. The failing water system goes back decades according to reports. This flood was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
With 150,000 people being advised to not drink the water or shower in it, the city is under siege without fresh clean drinking water. The broken water system contains such things as E.Coli and lead. State Officials alerted the city about high levels of lead in the water a few years ago. Jackson, Mississippi, is in a death trap of a situation, with no clean water, and an infrastructure bill in the billions of dollars. Black residents are being held hostage by having no clean water to drink and wash with.
Black Populations Being Targeted
This leads us into another heavily black populated city, Flint, Michigan. What’s going on in Flint, Michigan, in 2022? Who knows, the media isn’t covering the crisis anymore. Flint, Michigan’s water crisis started back in 2014. Residents were placed under distress when the water was found to have large amounts of lead. Flint’s water crisis is still going strong in 2022.
On April 25, 2014, officials looking to save money switched Flint, Michigan’s drinking water supply from the Detroit city system to the Flint River. – NRDC.org
Once Flint switched its water supply to the river, all hell broke loose. The water was so contaminated; that they too were under a severe water advisory. Flint had a serious problem with its water system, but no one was rushing to fix it. Lead was causing large levels of sickness among its residents. City and State officials didn’t treat the water coming from the river, and with old pipes in the system, lead rushed into thousands of homes. Black folks of Flint were getting sick from the negligence. Brown, dark water, smelly water, nasty tasting water, skin rashes, and people’s hair falling out; posed a huge problem. Children, in particular, were the most susceptible to high levels of lead.
Flint Water Used As a Bioweapon
The Environmental Protection Agency tested the water and found it was 100 times higher than normal. Due to Flint being a majority black city, city and government officials ignored the problem. Flint’s contaminated water was being used: as a bioweapon, but no one was the wiser. Flint didn’t receive any federal funding to solve the lead issue. A national emergency should have been called; for Flint and Jackson, but no one issued the order. Today, Flint has a population of about 100,000 and is below the poverty level. Flint’s water crisis still has the community recovering.
The water coming in from Detroit got cut off and then switched over to the Flint River. This became an act of war when they nearly wiped out a whole city due to lead running through the pipes. Biological and germ warfare is a weapon of war used to exterminate races of people. Flint’s water crisis affected so many people’s health. Adults and children all have been affected by the poisonous contaminated water. Flint was ignored the same way Jackson is being ignored until they took the city and state officials to court to get clean drinking water.
The World’s Water Shortages
In the United States, water is becoming a scarce commodity; due to water shortages. With wildfires in the west and flooding going on in the south and in Rural America, there’s an imbalance in water usage. Firefighters don’t have enough water to stop wildfires, and the flooding in the south and Rural America is seeing; contaminated water with bacteria and fungi. Cities all across the country are being put: on water restrictions. Especially, California is telling its residents to not water their lawns or receive fines for breaking the law.
“Lakes like Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Georgia have seen a drop in water levels by 25% says,” the Harvest Institute. Georgia back, in 2008, started fighting with Tennessee and Florida; over the water usage of Lake Lanier and the Apalachicola River. “Economies will suffer if this continues,” said an economist. These are just a states a few cities and states that have experienced water shortages. The water wars are just beginning in 2022.
Americans may find a glass water hard to come by as its water resources from wells, rivers, and reservoirs experience shrinkage – Harvest Institute 2008
Countries like Europe, China, India, and Africa have seen major water shortages. Massive populations drain the county’s water supply. These countries have such large populations that cause major water deficits and economic crises, for each country. Water is in a domestic and global crisis.
Black America’s Plight with The Water Crisis
Heavily black populated cities like Detroit, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, etc., don’t have full control of their water supply. Black people in these cities are at the disposal of city and local government officials. Water as a weapon of war in the black community is a real thing. Areas that have a poor population of blacks usually don’t have good clean drinking water. Jackson, Mississippi’s water crisis in 2022 is just one part of a bigger problem. Most water treatment facilities; are not controlled by blacks. And as a result of the lack of control, don’t have much say so in how water treatment plants manage and distribute their water to their residents.
Black America’s plight with water is even bigger than we know when we don’t control the manufacturing, distilling, and distribution of the water. We are in a world of trouble as water shortages increase across the country and the globe.
Jackson, Mississippi, and Flint, Michigan, is an ongoing crisis in the making. It may be years before we know the health implications for these residents. Children and adults drinking contaminated water with fungi, bacteria, and lead are damaging and life-threatening. Experiments like the Tuskegee Experiment, killed and damaged, black men and women for life, along with descendants. No reparations have ever been given for the damage caused by the experiments on these black men and women. Clean drinking water seems to be out of reach for the black community. Water is a commodity. In the black community, it’s being used, as a bioweapon, an experiment, to exterminate a race of people.
Jackson, Mississippi, is undergoing reconstructive surgery on its water treatment facility. The price tag is so large, that it may take years before its fully repaired. Billions of dollars to be exact before the system is fixed. Residents of Jackson will be suffering in the process, they have no clean water, to bathe, drink and cook with. Time will only tell if city officials can fix this problem while servicing the people of Jackson.
Flint is still, after several years, working through its water treatment issues. Their water supply is being routed through a different source at this time. Flint, is still in the recovery phase even in 2022; this occurred in 2014.
Water as a weapon of war is one of many ways you wipe out a race of people.