“Makes me wanna holler the way they do my life…awww this aint living” – Marvin Gaye
Nuff respect due to former NBA player Rasheed Wallace, the other ball players and entertainers that have dug in to help the lost tribe of Flint. Flint is a forgotten city. Outside of the Terrordome. The dirty sock of an American wet Dream. The level of neglect, apathy, lack of compassion and respect for life that went into creating Flint’s water crisis is sickening…literally. The effects of the lead poisoning that residents were exposed to will be felt for generations. Across many inner cities, the evidence exists as the fallout from the 1970’s and 80’s lead paint scandals echoed through a generation of ADD diagnosis, low test scores and an uptick in incidents of respiratory infections like asthma. Black America has always been America’s guinea pig and downstream cesspool.
In a recent article written for the Player’s Tribune, Rasheed keeps it so raw that Big Baby Jesus himself would be proud.
“I’m not a water expert or anything like that, but I don’t need to be to know when something’s fu$%ed up. I just saw the horrible news, about how the government had put people at risk for the sake of saving money, and I knew I needed to help.”
“That’s right. They still want those people to pay their motherfucking water bills.
You can read this and ignore it. You can say I don’t know what I’m talking about. Look, I’m not a water expert. I’m not a scientist. But I’ve been to Flint. I’ve seen what’s happening. We have a third-world situation still going on in the United States of America. That’s the truth.
The cameras are gone, but the people are still there, and they still need our help.” – Rasheed Wallace
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