‘Sys­temic racism’ at root of Flint cri­sis: Com­mis­sion

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Michi­gan civil rights of­fi­cials say “sys­temic racism” is at the core of prob­lems that caused a lead-con­tam­i­nated wa­ter cri­sis in the ma­jor­ity black city of Flint. The Michi­gan Civil Rights Com­mis­sion is­sued a 130-page re­port Fri­day fol­low­ing hear­ings to de­ter­mine if res­i­dents faced dis­crim­i­na­tion or racial bias. The re­port says no­body “in­tended to poi­son Flint,” but con­cludes de­ci­sions would’ve been dif­fer­ent had they con­cerned wealth­ier white com­mu­ni­ties.

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