Flint Is a Casualty in the Right Wing’s War on Local Democracy

By Arn Pearson

March 30, 2016

“The racial implications of Snyder’s emergency manager law and the Flint scandal are hard to overlook. While Snyder’s law is neutral on its face, it has had a dramatically disparate impact on blacks. By 2013, half of Michigan’s black population had been placed under emergency managers or consent agreements, and no longer had any meaningful right to vote or redress their grievances at the local level. Only 2 percent of white Michigan residents were subjected to rule by emergency managers. Flint has a majority black population, while the rest of Genesee County is majority white and considerably wealthier.”