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Jackson Water Crisis Leaves Black Women Paying

Eric Shelton for BuzzFeed News

Gwen Robinson, outside the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites in Flowood, Miss.

When the water in Jackson, Mississippi, shut off, Gwen Robinson and her daughters tried to cope by getting creative. They avoided using the bathroom as much as possible, and when they couldn’t hold it anymore, they stretched black trash bags across the toilet to capture waste and then poured in bleach. They boiled bottled water to cook, and they used baby wipes to clean their bodies. But on day five, Robinson, a single mother, faced the inevitable: She needed to shower to go to…

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