Flint, Michigan's water crisis was the result of environmental racism.
In 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan switched its drinking water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River to cut costs, although it was already known a year prior to the switch that the Flint River was contaminated with dangerous PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), which are known to cause pneumonia, cancer, and immune dysfunction, just to name a few. In addition, the water was tested at extremely dangerous high levels of lead, which thousands of its residents, including children, have been exposed to. 41% of Flint's population lives below the poverty line, with the majority (57%) being black. As of 2020, the EPA states that the water in Flint is now safe to drink and use (for the most part), however its residents don't feel that way. Systemic racism played a role in the Flint water crisis.