U.N. Now Gets Involved With Flint Water Crisis
The Associated Press and WLNS are reporting that the United Nations is now getting involved in the Flint Water Crisis. A group of experts from the U.N. human rights office in Geneva, Switzerland are concerned that social and racial bias by local, state, and federal officials may have led to decisions that kept Flint residents in a state of danger over the last two years.
Those experts want U.N. officials to draft a strategy for a "human rights complaint" in an effort to prevent a similar crisis in other parts of the United States. One of the experts, Philip Alston, whom the story describes as the U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, says that the decisions made regarding the high lead levels in Flint's drinking water were "high-handed and cavalier". Alston contends that the decisions made would not have been if Flint's population was "well-off or overwhelmingly white."