Welfare Rights Activist Maureen Taylor appeared on MSNBC to discuss the city of Detroit's choice to shut off water to thousands of residents who are behind on their bills. When reporter Hank Winchester attempted to paint those who can't pay as irresponsible and lazy, Taylor immediately pushed back and underscored that the water shutoff affects many who are poor and disabled. Taylor ended the interview frustrated: “The next time you invite me to be here, let’s have some truth and a fair exchange as opposed to Hank who doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. Gobble up all the time. I’ll talk to you later.”
The exchange serves as a much-needed reminder that we need to take back the narrative.
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