The Civil Rights misdemeanor in Flint and the African American Civil Rights movement are similar because both of the affected groups of people have been refused of their natural rights because of uncontrollable factors. The Civil Rights movement in the 1960s affected any person of African American descent who tried to advance their personal liberties in racist societies. African Americans were kept from voting through unfair reading tests and taxes based on race. In Mississippi, before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, only 6% of African Americans voted (Zeiger). The schools, bathrooms, water fountains, and overall living conditions of African Americans during this time were severely low quality. For black people in the South, there was an everyday threat of death by lynching or beating just because they were free blacks in racist areas. Flint residents also cannot improve their civil rights setbacks because 41.2% of them live in poverty. These people are forced to live with deadly water because they do not have the financial resources to buy bottled water, filter their water at home, or move out of the area to a place with more healthy water. These people, who were already struggling to survive due to their financial states, cannot spend an enormous amount of money on improving their water. There is still an estimated 20,000 lead tainted pipes in the town, but many residents are too impoverished to drink healthier water. Both of these historical instances involve people who cannot control the factors that put them at a civil disadvantage in society. Many Flint residents did not have the money to support their water supply, just as African Americans could not change the race that caused them to be discriminated against. Both of these instances involve people who were denied basic rights because of uncontrollable causes.
200,000 pipes are still chipping from lead
The water has been virtually unusable in a town already with a 41.2% poverty rate
The Department for Environmental Quality and local government officials denied there was any problem for years
Only eight days ago was there money donated to replacing pipes
And the most outrageous part?