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(Guardian)   Once again, Subby's home town stands as a perfect example of segregation and every "wrong side of the tracks" stereotype, ever   (theguardian.com) divider line
    More: Murica, Drinking water, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Benton Harbor, lead levels, city of Benton Harbor, Rev Edward Pinkney, federal lead action level, health risks  
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2021-09-21 12:54:29 PM  
Does your state begin with a MI, WI, AL, MI, TE, GE, or anything similar?
 
2021-09-21 1:01:05 PM  
Seriously wth, this should not be a problem in an advanced country.  Ever.
 
2021-09-21 1:29:28 PM  
A whirlpool of suck.
 
2021-09-21 1:33:49 PM  

whidbey: Seriously wth, this should not be a problem in an advanced country.  Ever.


To be honest, we also managed to surpass Detroit in # of murders per capita at least two years running, so we have that going for us, which is nice.

/Lives in the country and has clean well water.
//Does regular blood lead testing because of gunsmithing and competitive target shooting events.
 
2021-09-21 1:34:33 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: A whirlpool of suck.


The irony (leady?) here being that Whirlpool basically bankrolls Benton Harbor, and recently dumped millions into a new water treatment plant for the city.
 
2021-09-21 1:42:58 PM  

vudukungfu: Does your state begin with a MI, WI, AL, MI, TE, GE, or anything similar?


GE? Germany?
 
2021-09-21 1:43:28 PM  

whidbey: Seriously wth, this should not be a problem in an advanced country.  Ever.


It's adorable that you think the United States is an advanced country.
 
2021-09-21 1:43:36 PM  
I'm sure some very "smart" asshole will come in here and tell us all that there's no racism here and we're the real racists for making everything racist.

No need to "debate" this asshole or respond to them. It won't do any good.
 
2021-09-21 1:47:43 PM  
Why don't they just make their own water?
 
2021-09-21 1:49:26 PM  

Walker: vudukungfu: Does your state begin with a MI, WI, AL, MI, TE, GE, or anything similar?

GE? Germany?


Presumably Dupont doesn't have an obvious two letter abbreviation (although they should easily put DE on Vudukungfu's list).
 
2021-09-21 1:52:09 PM  
My best chance today to mention The Oblongs.

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No black people that I recall. Just spunky, funky white freaks.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0219446/
 
2021-09-21 1:54:20 PM  
Believe it or don't, I have one of Oblong's books before the cartoon, while the characters were being developed, espcially Helga and the Debbies.

Angus Oblong is the cartoonist's name. He is not making any of this up and neither am I.

I think the family's original name was Mac O' Bong. That I am making up.
 
2021-09-21 1:54:36 PM  

WhippingBoi: whidbey: Seriously wth, this should not be a problem in an advanced country.  Ever.

It's adorable that you think the United States is an advanced country.


It kind of is.   Do you just argue anything because a liberal says so?
 
2021-09-21 1:55:36 PM  

Walker: vudukungfu: Does your state begin with a MI, WI, AL, MI, TE, GE, or anything similar?

GE? Germany?


They bring good things to life?

/you know who else Germany brought to life?!
//wait that was australia
 
2021-09-21 1:57:43 PM  

vudukungfu: TE


what do tight ends have to do with this?

/no butthole jokes in the thread. thanks.
 
2021-09-21 1:59:28 PM  
There's no racism here and you're the real racists for making everything racist.
 
2021-09-21 2:10:56 PM  
I live there, and there is a lot of subtle, and not so subtle racism. My gut reaction though is the Benton Harbor has been dying for a long time and as the tax base dwindles so does the infrastructure. To contrast, Saint Joseph has been growing, and uses that money to do the things it's supposed to. Like provide clean water. It's a sad situation though.
 
2021-09-21 2:12:04 PM  
Why to bury the lead, subby.
 
2021-09-21 2:36:22 PM  
I will always remember barbacking at a beach bar as a kid and having a guy from Michigan, not two minutes after telling me how racist and backwards he thought we all were "down here", complained that we all talked like people who annoyed him.  He might not have received the best service afterwards.

And yes, he represented the entire population of Michigan and no data you present will convince me otherwise.
 
2021-09-21 2:37:35 PM  
No one thinks Afhganistan will change, why do they think America will?

Because we're better?
 
2021-09-21 2:51:23 PM  

Walker: vudukungfu: Does your state begin with a MI, WI, AL, MI, TE, GE, or anything similar?

GE? Germany?


MI twice?
 
2021-09-21 2:53:25 PM  

Bertuccio: Walker: vudukungfu: Does your state begin with a MI, WI, AL, MI, TE, GE, or anything similar?

GE? Germany?

MI twice?


The water problems gives it twice the derp.
 
2021-09-21 3:00:15 PM  
That these are still regarded as "Black towns" is the most disturbing part.
 
2021-09-21 3:07:41 PM  

Thinkerer: That these are still regarded as "Black towns" is the most disturbing part.


You could move there if you want to.
 
2021-09-21 3:08:33 PM  

Thinkerer: That these are still regarded as "Black towns" is the most disturbing part.


Which gives the impression "we're not really racist but we'd prefer people stick to their own color."
 
2021-09-21 3:15:51 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I'm sure some very "smart" asshole will come in here and tell us all that there's no racism here and we're the real racists for making everything racist.

No need to "debate" this asshole or respond to them. It won't do any good.


Having lived here for 38 years on and off, it's most definitely latent racism and de facto segregation.
 
2021-09-21 3:16:34 PM  

crankycaecus: I live there, and there is a lot of subtle, and not so subtle racism. My gut reaction though is the Benton Harbor has been dying for a long time and as the tax base dwindles so does the infrastructure. To contrast, Saint Joseph has been growing, and uses that money to do the things it's supposed to. Like provide clean water. It's a sad situation though.


The hell you say. Whereabouts in town are you? =_=
 
2021-09-21 3:17:55 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: Thinkerer: That these are still regarded as "Black towns" is the most disturbing part.

You could move there if you want to.


To be fair, the gentrification has begun in BH. It's much nicer than it used to be. It used to be seriouslyGhetto after all the manufacturing in town left or shut down.
 
2021-09-21 3:33:56 PM  
It's truly amazing that next to one of the largest bodies of fresh water on the planet, safe water can't be supplied easily.
 
2021-09-21 5:59:54 PM  
Where has the city leadership been in all this? Did nobody think that, maybe they should see about increasing revenues somehow, some way to try tackling the problem of failing local infrastructure? Rate increases? Special property tax assessments? Bond measures? Grant seeking from the state/feds?

Somebody said upthread that Whirlpool just spent several million building/updating a water treatment facility. Was that for their use only or the town as a whole? If it's for the town as a whole, that points directly to a failure on city politicos to manage the issues they are elected to handle.
 
2021-09-21 8:57:16 PM  
This seems like one of those situations that results from not enough people voting in local elections. Corrupt pieces of shiat just walk right into key government positions because the people don't or can't give enough of a fark to participate. That's not to imply the citizens are to blame, it's just a really, really shiatty situation that is the result of a magnitude of societal problems, systemic racism being a big one.
 
2021-09-21 11:47:24 PM  

whidbey: Seriously wth, this should not be a problem in an advanced country.  Ever.


It's isn't a problem in any advanced countries.

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It is, however, a problem in America.
 
2021-09-22 11:12:38 PM  

NephilimNexus: whidbey: Seriously wth, this should not be a problem in an advanced country.  Ever.

It's isn't a problem in any advanced countries.

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It is, however, a problem in America.


A whole $100B/yr over the next decade sure will fix all that! Thanks, Joe and Kyrsysteerytn!
 
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