Flint Official Resigns After Blaming ‘F*cking n*****s’ For Water Crisis

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An official with Genesee County land bank in Flint, Michigan, has resigned after an audio recording surfaced of him blaming the city’s water crisis on “f*cking n*****s (who) don’t pay their bills.”

Phil Stair, sales manager for the Genesee County Land Bank, resigned Monday after a recording was published of him making inaccurate and racially charged claims about the water emergency, reported MLive.

This seems especially strange considering the Flint government officials that have been arrested because their corruption caused the water crisis.

“Flint has the same problems as Detroit — f*cking n*****s don’t pay their bills,” Stair says on the recording, which was made May 26 during a conversation with environmental activist and independent journalist Chelsea Lyons.

Lyons is concerned by the Land Bank’s role as Flint’s largest property owner. The agency takes over tax-foreclosed properties, carrying out demolitions, rehabilitations and sales.

“The Land Bank is taking up all of the properties in Flint… They are pushing people out of neighborhood,” Lyons said.


Michele Wildman, the land bank’s executive director, accepted the resignation of the longtime agency employee.

“I am deeply troubled by (the statements),” Wildman said. “The citizens of Flint deserve to have trust in their public officials.”

The people of Flint do deserve better officials than him, they deserve someone who does not blame the victims of a crime for the crime.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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