Michael Moore: Flint Suffered 'Crime Against Humanity'

Sending bottled water isn't enough, says filmmaker
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2016 1:00 PM CST
Michael Moore: Flint Suffered 'Crime Against Humanity'
Michael Moore in a scene from his documentary, "Where to Invade Next."   (Dog Eat Dog Films via AP)

Companies including Pepsi, Coca Cola, Walmart, and Nestle have donated bottled water to Flint, Michigan, to help residents deal with a staggering water crisis. So have celebrities like Mark Wahlberg, Cher, and Pearl Jam. Michael Moore says it's not enough. Bottled water "cannot reverse the irreversible brain damage that has been inflicted upon every single child in Flint," who will suffer from lowered IQs, neurological disorders, and behavioral problems, the Flint native writes on his website. "No check you write, no truckloads of Fiji Water or Poland Spring, will bring their innocence or their health back to normal." What the city needs instead is "a nonviolent army of people who are willing to stand up for this nation, and go to bat for the forgotten of Flint," Moore writes.

In particular, he wants to see people petition for an investigation into Gov. Rick Snyder's conduct, alleging he "allowed the poisoning to continue once he knew something was wrong" and was "hell-bent on widening the income inequality gap and conducting various versions of voter and electoral suppression against people of color and the poor." Moore also wants Michigan to pay to fix the water problem, while the federal government takes control, installing a temporary water system in every home. Removing "the billion-dollars' worth of tax cuts the Snyder administration gave the wealthy" will help free up the necessary cash, he adds. The Flint water crisis is "a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions" and "a crime against humanity," Moore says. He wants it treated that way. His full column is here. (Read more Flint water crisis stories.)

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