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Detroit Water Cut-Off Racist, Gets Suspended 15 Days

First we have this, from the CBS Detroit affiliate, WWJ:

NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Detroit Water Service Shutoffs Were Racially Motivated

July 21, 2014

DETROIT (WWJ) – After a class action lawsuit filed against the city of Detroit, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says that recent water shutoffs to Detroit residents were racially motivated.

Veronica Joice with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says, “That (the shutoffs are) being done in a discriminatory fashion; and they should at least take a look at whether there’s a better way to do this that doesn’t affect the most vulnerable citizens — the majority of whom are African American here in Detroit.”

Attorney Alice Jennings, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Detroit residents, said it’s a known fact that there are corporations that owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to the city of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

“These companies are basically Caucasian companies,” Jennings said. “The folks who are being cut off are almost one hundred percent African American.” Asked by WWJ’s Charlie Langton directly if this is a “racial issue,” Jennings replied: “It sure is! You bet it is.” …

How can anyone argue with logic like that? Clearly, the city of Detroit decided it could not.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage [sic] Department stopped service to about 7,200 homes and businesses in June, compared to 1,570 in the same month last year. Water was restored to 43 percent after customers paid or worked out payment plans…

During the same hearing, water department officials announced they would stop water shutoffs for the next 15 days while working to do a better job getting the word out residents that the city will help poor people pay for water…

We’re sure it’s just a coincidence. And it has nothing to do with the NAACP’s charges of racism.

Talking to WWJ’s Sandra McNeil shortly after the announcement, water department spokesman Greg Eno admitted there’s no doubt that the department has been lax over the years, letting the bills pile up…

So they are admitting it’s all their fault. Isn’t it amazing the power that the charge of racism still has?

He said people who now owe more than they can afford are being asked to come in and apply for assistance through the Water Affordability Program. Eno said, through, it’s not just free money…

No, it’s just a way to buy off any charges of racism using the taxpayers’ money.

By the way, we wonder what is the racial make up of the employees of the Detroit Water And Sewage Department?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Detroit Water Cut-Off Racist, Gets Suspended 15 Days”

  1. It’s only racist because the bulk of people affected are Black


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