It's hard to look at the glass half full through murky waters. Seeing how the government handled the still ongoing Flint water crisis, hoping for an improved relief effort in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico feels more like blind faith than optimism. It's been nearly a month since hurricane Maria hit the island and over 1 million Americans are without our most humane necessity: clean water. Desperate residents have resorted to bathing and drinking water contaminated by chemicals or human and animal waste, and the lack of aid on the island has created a public health emergency.
Keep your attention on the discriminatory trends of the US government, especially under an administration that's built a reputation of neglect for communities of color and shaming their advocates. It's insulting to suggest that resources are stretched so thin in the richest country on earth that over a million people have no access to clean water. It's equally insulting to suggest that any economic deficit Puerto Rico has with the federal government disqualifies the people from accessing the same, if not more, aid Texas and Florida received after their hurricanes.
When faced with similar issues as their counterparts, why do minorities have to prove they're American enough for to get the same attention they desperately need? #2020