PK Note: To understand the horror of what’s happening in post-apartheid South Africa, check out A Country at War with Itself: South Africa’s Crisis of Crime. Published in 2009, it’s a straight-forward account of the [black] violence engulfing the nation, and the extraordinary, painstaking precautionary measures whites go to protect themselves and their property. It’s happening in the USA already…
The ultimate question: What is it with majority black cites and unpaid and “outrageous” water bills and why isn’t this a problem in majority white cities?
Detroit, Flint, Camden, Birmingham and Baltimore all have water bills equaling 6-8% of median household income for black families while the average white families is .25-.50 of median household income…
The next frontier in the never-ending mandate of white taxpayers uplifting blacks in the USA is free water. [NAACP Legal Defense Fund report calls out Baltimore’s water crisis:Study examines Baltimore and Cleveland water, WMAR2.com, May 22, 2019]:
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is working on water equality and sites Baltimore and its “water crisis” in a recent report.
In this 16-page reportthe NAACP Legal Defense Fund outlines the water crisis in American cities. In it they studied Baltimore. The report states, “We determined that Baltimore’s water affordability crisis has, and will continue to have, a disproportionate and detrimental impact on the city’s Black neighborhoods.”
“We cannot talk about the water affordability crisis without centering the conversation on its disproportionate racial impact,” said Coty Montag, Senior Counsel at LDF and author of Water/Color, “Low-income families of color are being forced out of their homes because of rapidly rising water prices. Although there have been important strides in recognizing that access to water is a human right, few studies have explored the effect unaffordable water prices have on Black communities in particular. Americans must think of this crisis not only as an environmental justice issue, but as a racial justice one too.”
Overall the report outlines how in recent decades water prices have only increased. Research from the NAACP LDF found failing infrastructure is the biggest contributing factor, which we’ve witnessed in Baltimore.
Specifically the report highlights how water bills for many city residents are unaffordable, and prices are only going to increase.
Citing a study from Economist Roger Colton for Food & Water Watch, projected water bills for Baltimore customers will cost an average of $860.06 in 2019 and $938.45 in 2020.
Baltimore City is working on fixing the water bill problem with the Water Accountability and Equity Act, which still has yet to be approved.
Potable water is not a human right. You can s till traverse across Europe and see the aqueducts the Romans built more than two millennia ago, as they stand as a proud reminder of what a people can accomplish on this earth for future generations of their progeny.
Less than 40 years after a city like Baltimore, Cleveland, Birmingham and Camden went from majority white to majority black, the level of civilization found in cities has receded to the African mean. And we quickly learn the infrastructure whites long ago built cannot be maintained.
Because paying your water bill is apparently just something white people do…