'Finding True America': Jackson resident says many people don't really get basic human rights
In late August 2022, Jackson, Mississippi, faced a severe water crisis after a flood damaged the city's main water treatment facility. Black people make up nearly 83 percent of the population here. NBC News commented that Jackson's water crisis stems from years of racist exploitation. The problems that exist with water infrastructure are over 100 years old, and the frequent water crises highlight America's deep-rooted racism.
Resident Delaney Coats said the people have to stockpile water because of the severe water pollution, but many cannot afford it. As a result, some residents are unable to bathe regularly or cook at home. "Having clean running water should be a basic human right, which many people don't really get," she said.