Donnell & LaSharea

text by donnell spencer • artwork by lasharea ellis


A Letter to the Governor

Dear Governor Snyder,

I'm coming to you not to be rude or disrespectful, but I need answers as to why you decided to hurt Flint in the way that you did. I love my city and always will. I've seen many changes over the past 40 years of life here alone. I've seen many things hurt my community but I never thought the water would ever be a cause. 

How can you live and sleep knowing there are many kids and adults out there that are sick and not doing good because you decided to change the water? How do you feel knowing that people can't bathe without the fear of losing hair or breaking out because of the water? You must not understand the fear or pain people have living in Flint. I go everyday worrying about being sick or going bald because of using something essential to everyday life. I just hope that you get something out of reading this letter. 

I don't want you to feel bad. I just want you to know that every action has consequences whether they are good or bad. I really hope that this a learning experience for you. Thanks for your time. 

William Wright