Flint Water Crisis for National Geographic: Alvon Leighton, Flint, Michigan, January 28, 2016

“I have the lessionaires disease in my hand. About sixteen months ago it’s even on my genitals. You know what I’m saying. It’s crazy man. I didn’t even know what it was when I went to the doctor. He gave me some cream to put on it. I went to see the dermatologist and everything. Then I find out that’s what it is now.” It’s crazy man. And them giving us bottled water, man they putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound. That’s all they’re doing man. They need to fix it. You know I’m not gone point no fingers at who’s responsible but I know in my heart and they all know that they’re wrong and they been knowing about this for the longest. You know how many babies here is affected now man, for the rest of their lives? And to my understanding and my little research it’s irreversible once you get lead poison in the brain. It’s nothing you can do about it. And it’s like giving a whale a tic tac for bad breath man, giving us a case a water a day. You know, how we supposed to bathe man? How is a woman supposed to sit in that tub? You know what I’m saying? And I got a wife, and I got a daughter here? You know, they’re afraid. I need way more than one case of water now. The people in charge need to take responsibility for what they’ve done to this city man! People out here are mad as hell man, and I’m one of em.” – Alvon Leighton, Flint, Michigan, January 28, 2016.
Alvon Leighton, Flint, Michigan, January 28, 2016

“I have the lessionaires disease in my hand. About sixteen months ago it’s even on my genitals. You know what I’m saying. It’s crazy man. I didn’t even know what it was when I went to the doctor. He gave me some cream to put on it. I went to see the dermatologist and everything. Then I find out that’s what it is now.” It’s crazy man. And them giving us bottled water, man they putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound. That’s all they’re doing man. They need to fix it. You know I’m not gone point no fingers at who’s responsible but I know in my heart and they all know that they’re wrong and they been knowing about this for the longest. You know how many babies here is affected now man, for the rest of their lives? And to my understanding and my little research it’s irreversible once you get lead poison in the brain. It’s nothing you can do about it. And it’s like giving a whale a tic tac for bad breath man, giving us a case a water a day. You know, how we supposed to bathe man? How is a woman supposed to sit in that tub? You know what I’m saying? And I got a wife, and I got a daughter here? You know, they’re afraid. I need way more than one case of water now. The people in charge need to take responsibility for what they’ve done to this city man! People out here are mad as hell man, and I’m one of em.” – Alvon Leighton, Flint, Michigan, January 28, 2016.