Making Water a Matter of Race

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    Making Water a Matter of Race
    By Claire Suddath Monday, Jul. 14, 2008Getty
    To this day, Jerry Kennedy only does laundry when it rains. For the first 54 years of his life, he lived without running water, and rainstorms were the only way he could collect enough water to wash his clothes. But Kennedy isn't from some far-off rural outpost. He was born and raised in the Coal Run neighborhood of Zanesville, Ohio — a former coal-mining center of 25,000 in the eastern part of the state — just a few hundred feet from a municipal water line. Kennedy, now 58, is black. His neighbors, who did not have running water for more than 50 years, are also black. On July 10, the U.S. District Court of Ohio awarded them almost $10.9 million, ruling that they had been denied access to public water because of their race.

    The decision comes four years after the water started flowing in Coal Run, a black community of some 25 homes in overwhelmingly white Muskingum County, following a lawsuit filed by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) and 67 Coal Run residents. According to the suit, the community had repeatedly requested water service since 1956, the year the city built a water main that ended just short of the neighborhood, and had watched as the East Muskingum Water Authority built new water lines and increased county water efforts in surrounding areas while their requests went unanswered. When he built his house in the early 1980s, Kennedy says, his water request was denied. He can't even remember the number of times he asked the city's service director for help, only to have nothing happen. Then a house went up next door. A white family moved in, and one day Kennedy saw his new neighbors watering their lawn. "They'd be out there with a hot tub out on the porch," he says, "and I was still going down the road [to the local water treatment plant] with a pickup truck every day." Like many Zanesville area residents, he couldn't drill a well because the surrounding coal mines have contaminated the water, rendering it undrinkable. The mines have been closed for years, but the ground is so full of sulfur that residents say the water runs red. In Coal Run, Kennedy and his black neighbors would either pay to have water hauled in from the treatment plant two miles away or catch the rainwater that ran down their gutters.


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    Yeah no racism in this country huh?

    You people who deny there is any real claim to racism today need to face YOUR internal demons.
     
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    yeah I didnt think you could face it.
     
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    I just got neg repped for this post.

    I guess racism is still alive in this site too
     
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    So if it's about racism, what's it doing in Law & Justice?

    Might get more attention where itt belongs.
     
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    i am amazed that this still exists...this type of total racial dealings....that one can treat someone so differently due to skin color...its almost as if the county want to force them out by any fashion. to deny waterservice is an evil in itself....to use skin color doubles that evil...i am glad a good lawyer is somewhere smiling at his share of the civil suits...too bad it too this for these people to get justice and water.
     
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    Face what? It's not happening where I live, so what do you expect me to do about it?
     
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    How about just caring and being aware of the true reality of race in this nation?
     
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    True reality? You have one story from some backwoods portion of some state that's nowhere near me (or more than half of the rest of the US), and you want us to jump all over it like kids hitting a pinata?

    Pul-eeze. Whether or not it's actually going to snow here tomorrow is of more concern to me. Let the people that actually live there handle it.
     
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    Dont let it bother your little blonde mind shattered.

    The adults will take care of the real world and make it go away for you.
     

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