It is inevitable these days that any urban calamity will immediately become a progressive parable of systemic racism and “anti-government ideology,” as one columnist put it. It’s been the media’s turn after last week’s failed water treatment plant in Jackson, Mississippi, but the truth isn’t that simple. This is another local government failure of the kind that is becoming all too common in American cities.
governor of Mississippi Tate Reeves said on Monday that ‘we have restored water pressure in the city’, but residents of Jackson have suffered a week without a reliable water supply after the Pearl River flood submerged the factory 30 year old OB Curtis water treatment plant. Much of the blame lies with the chronic mismanagement of elected officials in the city of about 150,000 people, which is also the state capital.