Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Flint Water Crisis

 ... is just one example of systemic problems.

Let me be a bit more blunt.

Lead poisons people.
Therefore, using lead pipes to carry water poisons people.
That makes it child abuse and elder abuse, also murder.
Because lead pipes prevailingly affect people of color, it is also genocide.

But that's legal in America, as long as you finagle things a bit.  You can murder people with lead pipes all you want, as long as you don't actually get caught beating somebody to death with one.  Slow murder is business as usual.

To solve this problem, we need to ban doing things that kill people.  That means removing ALL lead water pipes and ensuring everyone has access to safe clean water -- even if they can't pay for it.  Because if the "right to life" doesn't include the means of survival, it's not really a right.  It's a paid privilege.
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