A white official was taped blaming Flint water crisis on "‘N****rs Who Don’t Pay Their Bills."
Phil Stair resigned as sales manager of the Genesee County Land Bank has left his position. His resignation was caused by recording in which he blames the Flint water crisis on “n****rs who don’t pay their bills.”
The record was made by local environmental activist Chelsea Lyons. The comment comes about one minute into a 20-minute audio recording, you can find below.
Here’s the exact quote.
Detroit was charging all its customers for the cost; they weren’t collecting from their residents. They weren’t shutting the water off, they were letting bills go forever, but they were charging everybody else, they covered them. Well, Flint has the same problems as Detroit, fucking niggers don’t pay their bills, believe me, I deal with them. I don’t want to call them niggers, shit, I have, shit, I just went to Myrtle Beach, 24 guys, and I was the only white guy. I got friends, I mean, there’s trash and there’s people that do this. … They just don’t pay their bills. Well, Detroit didn’t collect on their bills, so they charged everybody else, but Flint, Flint had to pay their bill to Detroit.
Lyons claims Stair’s words horrified her with regard to the fact that Land Bank, which owns thousands of homes in the city.
“They’re just sitting on them. They’re laying in wait for the gentrification of Flint,” she said. “They’ve been actively pushing out poor people and people of color from the city.”
Despite the bank’s executive director apologised for her former employee’s racist comments, we strongly believe there is a white conspiracy aimed at the eviction of the Black communities from the cities under the disguise of environmental crises of other irreparable conditions.