"Family Fun Night & Lead Testing" = activity announcement billboard outside Eisenhower Elementary Community School in Flint, Michigan.
(Just saw that on MSNBC's crisis update. Flint has 1,600 miles of water mains; how much of these will have to be replaced remains to be seen. If all, cost would be in billions of dollars.)
BACK TO THE TOPIC:
You may be ascribing an evil motive where none exists.
No, I do not deny that racism exists in America. Today, racial issues have a lot to do with the instances of police brutality, and police shootings, and the tilting of the scales of justice in the favor of whites, and in opposition to blacks and other identifiable minorities. Beyond race, the scales of justice are tipped further in favor of the wealthier classes, and in opposition to the poorer classes no matter their racial heritage.
Yes, I can testify that race was used in Flint in the past to create a schism between working class whites and working class blacks. I grew up in and Flint and attended the public schools there straight thru my high school graduation. It wasn't something found in the school system exclusively. It was a constituent component of the American culture of the times. The same strategy was used throughout the industrial north that is now identified as "Rustbelt."
In terms of the Flint crisis, it's my guess it has less to do with race, and more to do with ongoing policies being used to transfer the wealth belonging to the middle class, the working class, and the poor "class" of America, upward into the hands of the wealthiest amongst us.
In the case of predator species in the wild, predators go after the young, the elderly, the weak member of a herd. They're the easiest to pick off. In America over the course of the recent past we've witnessed how our politicians have been working to establish policies that do the same thing. By cutting the benefits provided by society to the young, the elderly, the victims of illness and injury, they have a bigger pie left to hand out to the wealthy, corporations, the military/industrial/prison industry, executives, and special interest groups.
Flint happens to be a community that's been written off by the larger society. There's not much news that comes out of Flint that reaches the national news media. IMO, the right wing government of Michigan looks upon Flint as easy pickings that can't do much to stop the economic abuse that gets heaped upon its Residents. It's not so much that Flint has a lot of black residents that can be mistreated. It looks to me like the republican governor and his cronies look upon the souls living in Flint as easy prey that can do little to protect themselves from the looting.
I just read some biographical stuff about Governor Snyder last night. Wasn't aware he's a Certified Public Accountant. That's not surprising; just fitting.