Flint residents paint a different picture of 'the most violent city in America'

Sep 27, 2013

There's no way to capture a town, or a place, or a person through one story.

It's just not possible. It's what Nigerian storyteller Chimamanda Ngozi calls "the danger of a single story."

People in Flint live with a single story told over and over about their city - that it's "the most violent city in the U.S."

A Tumblr page has emerged painting a different image of the city.

"The Most Violent City in America" blog says it's "inspired by numerous photo essays captured by outsiders..."

 This blog was created by a local city resident to juxtapose the negative perception of one of America's great cities.

It features people like this:

And photos with sarcastic photo captions -- like this one of revealing a "hard, street-worn resident tagging a wall":

Photo from the blog 'The Most Violent City in America.'
Photo from the blog 'The Most Violent City in America.'

The blog encourages people to submit their own images of Flint.