Dayne Walling, then the town’s mayor, ceremoniously pushed a button to stop the flow of treated Lake Huron water from Detroit for the first time in nearly 50 years. Water from the nearby Flint River began gushing into Flint’s 700-mile-long pipe system instead. The politicians raised glasses of water and toasted the historic change.
Wantwaz Davis — the recently elected city councilman from Flint’s 5th Ward — did not join in on the toast.
“I was in the corner like, ‘Nah, I’m not drinking that,” Davis recalls.
The finger-pointing, buck passing, blame shifting and other various forms of non-culpability is like a big swirl of non-information right now. The poisoned babies in Flint don't really care about that. All they want is for the itching to stop.
Davis sought outside help again and again. Starting in June 2014, he sent the exact same letter to the Justice Department, addressed to then-Attorney General Eric Holder, every Monday morning.
He received a reply several months later, telling him to contact the state police.
No one listened in time for these lead-laced water problems to be stopped.
Is Councilman Davis correct in saying it was "genocide"? Not of a racial kind, but of class.