HONORABLE MENTION: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press
Caption: Flint resident Darryl Wilson, 46, checks on a rash that covers some of his body in a bathroom mirror at his home on Flint's north side on February 5, 2016. Wilson lives without running water in his home, and has had to use bottled water for washing, cooking, cleaning and flushing the toilet. "I'm stressed out," he said. "I need to do something. My water is off. I can't even bathe. The agency was going to help me with it, but they wouldn't release the funds because the water is contaminated. So how am I supposed to feel that I'm steady getting denied and let down with something they would usually help me with, but they can't because the government done messed up something."
Wilson, who wants to leave Flint until someone can replace the pipes and fixtures in his home, doesn't have the money and can't drive. He's stuck, just like thousands of other people in a poor, majority-African-American city where people cried out for more than a year about odd-smelling, discolored water, rashes, stomach aches and hair loss. They say, and experts agree, they are victims of racial, economic and environmental injustice. "They wronged us like we wasn't even human beings," Wilson said. "I mean they just straight ran over us like a hit and run." Flint residents still had to pay the highest water rates in the nation during the crisis.