“The rich and poor, black and white got need for it.” – Mos Def (1999)

Two days ago, Detroit Lions Pro Bowl Defensive end, Ziggy Ansah, donated 94,000 bottles of water to the people of Flint, Michigan.  If you haven’t heard, Flint’s water is contaminated with lead and has been for quite some time.  Unlike the water in Flint, it is clear that this is a manmade crisis. Ansah decided to take things into his own hands. It’s a good thing since it seems that no one else from any private organization has done a single thing to help. Why aren’t the owners stepping up to the plate in a state with four sports teams? Are there no Detroit Lions, Tigers, Redwings and Pistons fans in Flint? It’s funny to me that the players are putting up their money, when Martha Ford signs their payroll checks. This has been an issue for over two years. I find it hard to believe that Ford did not know that General Motors stop using Flint’s water because it was rusting out car parts. But you know how a competition goes...

It’s not just the owners…Where is Eminem? Where is Madonna? Where is Kid Rock? Where are the people that have taken the Detroit and surrounding areas attitude and image to build highly profitable careers? While I’m sitting here placing the blame on the owners of the Detroit Lions, Detroit Redwings, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, I ask myself…. what about the media? Where was CNN? MSNBC, the Liberal Bastion of Equality? It's hard to think that Fox News didn’t take this opportunity to point how liberals have ruined Flint’s water system. The blame cannot squarely be placed on these corporations or individuals, as the city of Detroit offered to reconnect Flint to it's water system. Back in April 2014, it was disconnected from Detroit in an effort to save money. An issue of this magnitude cannot solely be blamed on the those that have the resources to fix it. We must first realize how this issue came to be. It was the callous disregard for the citizens by the politicians at a local and state level. The Mayor of Flint, Dayne Walling, and the Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, have failed Flint tremendously. On March 27, 2015, officials stated that the quality of Flint’s water had improved and meet all state ad federal standards. The citizens of Flint would find this not to be true, after spending five months of bathing, swimming, drinking, washing cars, washing pets, doing laundry, etc. One September 24, 2015, a group of doctors headed by Mona Hanna – Attisha urged the citizens to stop using the Flint River for water after discovering increased levels of lead in the blood of children. Still, state officials insisted that the water was safe. Governor Rick Snyder finally announces there is a problem. His solution to the problem... throw money at it! One million to buy water filters, nine millions in aid for Flint with 6 million of which go to switching Flint’s drinking water back to Detroit.  On November 3, 2015, Karen Weaver is voted in over incumbent Mayor Dayne Walling, amid the backlash of the water crisis. It is now 2016 and as of January 5th, Governor Snyder has declared a state of emergency in Flint. The National Guard has been called in to distribute water bottles. Michigan Health officials discovered an increase in Legionnaires’ disease due to the neglect of Flint citizens. Snyder has asked President Obama for Federal disaster aid and the President has sign an emergency declaration of aid for Flint. So after two years of horror, it finally seems like salvation is on the horizon. Let us not forget that it was not a corporation, was not a major media outlet, rather the citizens who took to the streets to spread awareness. Let it be up to Cher, someone from a state familiar with drought and seasonal fires, to be the first person to come to the aid of Flint, oh if we can turn back time.