Cher, Diddy, Big Sean, Meek Mill Among Celebrities United To Fight Flint’s Water Crisis

| January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

A-list celebrities have taken to social media to express their outrage over the Flint water crisis.

The city, situated in southeast Michigan, switched its water source in April 2014 amid a financial state of emergency. Following the switch, residents noted that the water had turned a strange color and smelled and tasted funny.

A class-action lawsuit was filed by Flint residents against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in November 2015, for failing to add an anti-corosive agent to the water, which consequently eroded pipes and let lead seep into the flow. When found in excessive levels in children, lead is a toxin that can lead to long-term neurological damage. This week two additional class-action suits have been filed.

Flint’s racial makeup is said to be 56.6% African-American, according to the United States Census Bureau — a highly concentrated black population compared to the rest of Michigan, which is 14.2% African-American.

Diddy this week reposted an ACLU of Michigan Instagram video, which called the lead poisoning of Flint, a “genocide.”
“This is a racial killing. Flint MI is 60% black. When u knowingly poison a black city, u r committing a version of genocide. #ArrestGovSnyder.”

Pop icon, Cher has also teamed up with Icelandic Glacial to finance the distribution of 180,000 bottles of untainted water to the residents of Flint. “This a tragedy of staggering proportion and shocking that it’s happening in the middle of our country,” she said in a statement. “I am so grateful that Icelandic Glacial has come on board to help the city of Flint. I cannot wait for the water to get there to help these people who have been poisoned because the water they’ve been getting out of their taps has been polluted for so long and remains that way without the state or the federal government stepping in with any substantial plan to resolve this problem.”

Rapper Meek Mill, meanwhile, announced on Instagram that he is donating $50,000 for the cause. According to TMZ the money is going to the Flint Child and Family Health Development Fund, which fights the adverse effects of ingesting lead-filled H20. It is said Mill is also sending 60,000 bottles of “JUST Water” to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Other celebrities lending a hand is Detroit native Big Sean who expressed concern about Flint’s water crisis and tweeted that he will do everything he can to help the residents.

Hopefully, other rappers and singers will step up and also help the people of Flint, Mich., which is under a state of emergency. If you want to help the people of Flint here are five ways you can donate.

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , http://darnellmmusic@gmail.com/ or https://twitter.com/@darnellmmusic/

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