Performative politics

Columbia Spectator - 04-08

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a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger. At least that’s what I have been told for the past five years on my Twitter and Instagram feeds, on CNN, or by a classmate who mentions Flint in class to describe issues affecting “poc” to sound woke. But when I arrived in Flint, Michigan during spring break for a project that a few first-year students and I had been working on with the YMCA of Greater Flint, I didn’t see crisis. I didn’t see chaos. I didn’t see the tragic city without water that was unfairly targeted by environmental racism as I was told that Flint was.