As the Flint Water Crisis continues to magnify, new atrocities are coming to light. Earlier this week we broke that aides to Governor Snyder were aware of this human rights violation over three years ago. We have also witnessed an outpouring of support from the American public, many of whom have begun organizing around the country to provide Flint with clean drinking water.
Now, award-winning filmmaker and activist Michael Moore is asking people to stop doing that, as well-intentioned as it might be. No amount of water, writes Moore, can reverse the permanent medical damage that lead poisoning inflicts, therefore Michigan must be held accountable and Governor Snyder must be arrested.
Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made by the Governor of Michigan. The offer is much appreciated by those who are suffering through this and who have not drank a glass of unpoisoned water since April of 2014.
Unfortunately, the honest answer to your offer of help is, sadly, you can’t.
You can’t help.
The reason you can’t help is that you cannot reverse the irreversible brain damage that has been inflicted upon every single child in Flint. The damage is permanent. There is no medicine you can send, no doctor or scientist who has any way to undo the harm done to thousands of babies, toddlers and children (not to mention their parents). They are ruined for life, and someone needs to tell you the truth about that. They will, forever, suffer from various neurological impediments, their IQs will be lowered by at least 20 points, they will not do as well in school and, by the time they reach adolescence, they will exhibit various behavioral problems that will land a number of them in trouble, and some of them in jail.
Michael Moore is calling for the following:
- Demand the removal and arrest of Rick Snyder, the Governor of Michigan.
- Make the State of Michigan pay for the disaster that the State of Michigan created.
- The federal government must then be placed in charge.
- Evacuate any and all Flint residents who want to leave now.
- For those who choose to stay in Flint, FEMA must create a temporary water system in each home.