952. Pb + H2O = Brain Drain


952. According to the 2010 Census, the population of Flint, Michigan was about 100,000. It was 56‐percent African‐American and 37‐percent white. In June 2013, a magazine named Flint "the most dangerous city in America." In April 2014, city officials started using water from the Flint River in order to save money. Although the water coming out of hundreds of faucets looked, tasted, and smelled foul, officials pooh‐poohed residents' complaints. However, 16 months later, tests found that the water contained an unsafe level of lead. Life‐long residents Samuel and Spike were at a local watering hole. Samuel said, "Well, now we're a double threat—we're America's most dangerous city, and we have America's most dangerous water." Spike said, "On the bright side, we're swimming in free Poland Spring. And, maybe only half our youngsters got permanent brain damage." Samuel said, "Hmph! I guarantee you this never would've happened to a white town." 9.6

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