A Note from Flint Michigan
Sincerely; Sir – A Note from Flint
Let me begin by thanking my fans, family and friends for their fundraising and water donation drive efforts to allow me to hand deliver thousands of pounds of water to the people desperately in need in Flint, Michigan. After seeing news reports, we sensed that the damage in Flint was much deeper than solely the water crisis. It is. We couldn’t just give the water to the Red Cross. We had to see the city for ourselves, give a personal touch to the residents of Flint and use a more calculated response to the crisis.
Upon arriving in Flint, we (myself and the charity organization “DeedPin”) clearly saw why it is one of the most dangerous cities in America right now. This is in regards to the water pipe issue, the health of the residents (right now and long-term) and the political turmoil that exists. This has affected the toddlers and elderly the most, who are incapable of providing for themselves and have no other choice but to drink or try to boil their water. Last month, the public health officials discovered that boiling the water can actually increase the damage. To add to the problems in Flint, the crime rate has neighbors scared to receive help. Scared to open their doors for clean water.
After assessing the underlying problems, we thought that donating to the government’s relief strategy would be most effective. We called the Governor’s hotline and after waiting on hold for 30 minutes, we received directions that proved a clear lack of strategy. Waiting in the local McDonalds for someone to meet us for a pickup seems like a drug transaction. No thank you. So we decided to take charge and do what we really came to do. First, we spoke with the residents who have taken the time to educate themselves on the problem. Next, we spoke with neighbors who spent time organizing meetings for the community and had their hands in the action council. This led us to partner with the local goodwill to distribute water from our Tour Bus.
The problems in Flint have been developing for almost half a decade. It’s not until the color of the water changed that media really listened and began reporting on it. For over a year, the Mayor of Flint and the city health officials demanded that the water was still safe (even after the color began to change from clear to yellowish-brown). Most of the wealthy in Flint have their own wells to feed their homes. So if you’re looking to send water or donations as a bandage, instead of bearing the hurt of a wounded city, know that they need deeper consideration and support. With over 2,000 pounds of water given to those in need, I know that there’s more work to be done and a community in need of miraculous healing.
“We cannot reverse the irreversible brain damage that has been inflicted upon every single child in Flint. The damage is permanent. There is no medicine you can send. No doctor or scientist who has any way to undo the harm done to thousands of babies, toddlers and children. Not to mention their parents. They are ruined for life, and someone needs to tell you the truth about that. They will, forever, suffer from various neurological impediments, their IQs will be lowered by at least 20 points, they will not do as well in school, and by the time they reach adolescence, they very likely will exhibit various behavioral problems that will land a number of them in trouble and some of them in jail.”
“Who knew a drink of water was a life sentence?”
“Flint has 102,000 residents, each in need of an average of 50 gallons of water a day for cooking, bathing, washing clothes, doing the dishes, and drinking (not counting toilet flushes, watering plants or washing the car). But 100,000 bottles of water is enough for just one bottle per person – in other words, just enough to cover brushing one’s teeth for one day. You would have to send 200 bottles a day, per person, to cover what the average American (we are Americans in Flint) needs each day. That’s 102,000 citizens times 200 bottles of water – which equals 20.4 million 16oz. bottles of water per day, every day, for the next year or two until this problem is fixed (oh, and we’ll need to find a landfill in Flint big enough for all those hundreds of millions of plastic water bottles, thus degrading the local environment even further). Anybody want to pony up for that? Because THAT is the reality. This is a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. There is not a terrorist organization on Earth that has yet to figure out how to poison 100,000 people every day for two years – and get away with it”
(Writing from the snowy skies of Flint) – January 28, 2016
P.S. I know Kanye’s “Waves” is big in my music community right now, but there are bigger Waves needed. Get Involved. Don’t send your money… Go see the problem and talk with the people #GoToFlinthttp://sirthebaptist.com/