Flint official resigns over recording of him blaming city’s water troubles on “f**cking n****rs”
For over three years, the residents of Flint, Michigan have been subjected to the constant threat to their health that comes from living with lead-contaminated water. To add insult to injury, despite being unable to safely consume or bathe in the water coming out of their pipes, residents are still being charged for their water. The way the law is set up there, unpaid water bills can eventually lead to home foreclosures.
The largest holder of foreclosed properties is Genesee County Land Bank. Today, they found one more reason not to be liked by the residents of Flint.
One of the bank’s sales managers, Phil Stair, resigned today after a secret recording surfaced of him blaming the city’s water problems on “f**cking n****rs” who “don’t pay their bills”.
“Flint has the same problems as Detroit — f**ing ni***** don’t pay their bills, believe me, I deal with them.”
This audio was part of a 20-minute recording, taken over 2 days, by Chelsea Lyons, an environmental activist and independent journalist. Lyons tracked Stair down at a bar he frequents and he apparently had no qualms about expressing his feelings about the black residents of Flint to her.
Genesee County Land Bank is now dealing with the PR fallout over this incident but, given the ongoing mistreatment of the people of Flint, the residents are probably not surprised by this story.