The former Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick spoke out from prison on the Flint, Michigan water issue. He made his comments in a letter posted by local news station WKYZ. The larger question is if there was actual knowledge this water was contaminated before distribution began as his letter seems to insinuate, who will black America demand to be punished?
FYI Just so you all know. We (The Detroit Water and Sewage Department) were talking about the problems of the Flint Water Department (financial management, ability to perform, cleanliness of water, elimination of contaminants, mercury levels, lead levels) back in 2004. We knew (our folks in Detroit, SEMCOG, Genesee County Officials, some members of the State Legislature, and the Governor at that time) new that there were significant issues with all of those items.
In 2006 we attempted to craft a deal to put them on our water system. We were in negotiations, led by Victor Mercado, for months, and I wanted to make it work. I attended one meeting, and was on a conference call for another, expressing my willingness to make this work. SEMCOG and Judge Fiekens was also aware of this. SEMCOG was against …read more
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