Dilapidated schools, polluted water, lack of employment opportunities, high crime rates and failed state government. Flint is just one of many American cities that continue to face a human security crisis. This crisis entails health insecurity, economic insecurity, educational insecurity and political insecurity. For the residents of Flint, it has created the perfect storm; one in which they find themselves wanting, lacking and in fear. So what is the answer, clean water is a start. However, the problem is far greater and more complex than that. The residents of Flint, the children of Flint need hope!
This hope can only begin to materialize when the children of Flint have safe and sanitary schools; environments that encourage learning, instead of deter it. This hope can only materialize when the residents of Flint have employment opportunities that provide a sustainable wage. This hope can only materialize when the residents of Flint have a responsive and consistent state government. This hope can only materialize when the residents of Flint see the rebirth of neighborhoods; that were once enclaves of boarded up, dilapidated homes.
So what are we as a nation, going to do about this human security crisis? This city, its residents and their hard labor in the auto industry, help propel America to a place of economic dominance, in years past. An economic dominance that we all benefited from. Have we so quickly forgotten? Now, that it is a community in crisis. Are not their crisis, our crisis? If this was a community of the “well connected” would our reaction be different?
But by the grace of God, there goes me.