Phil Stair blames poor black people for Flint's water crisis

Marco Green
June 6, 2017

A government official at an agency in Flint, Michigan has resigned after an audio recording of him using a racial slur to describe black people was posted online.

He was driving to a restaurant with Lyons and another individual, who he'd met that night, when he made the comments, which were recorded and later obtained by TATM.

Michele Wildman, the executive director of Genesee County Land Bank confirmed Stair's resignation to NBC News on Monday. It's also Flint's largest property owner, according to MLive.

Phil Stair, a sales manager for the Genesee County Land Bank, was being interviewed by environmental activist Chelsea Lyons, who caught his racial slurs via what appears to be a surreptitious recording.

In 2016, the government declared a state of emergency and instructed the MI community - which is 53 per cent black - to use only filtered or bottled water, even for their cleaning.

"We are outraged by the offensive statements and committed to taking all steps necessary to rebuild public trust", says Wildman.

Lyons, the environmental activist and reporter, said she was troubled about the influence this bank carries. While the population of Flint is predominantly black and Latino, white officials in other districts outside of the city were often the ones making the flippant and destructive decisions that ultimately destroyed the pipes and ruined the water. "Believe me, I deal with them", Stair was recorded saying. "Well, Detroit, didn't collect on their bills, so they charged everybody else, but- Flint- Flint had to pay their bill to Detroit". They just don't pay their bills.

Lyons is especially concerned with the ruthlessness of Land Bank as they deprive Flint residents of shelter without regard for the state of emergency that has imperiled them.

Flint found itself in the midst of a water contamination crisis after local officials switched the city's water supply to the highly polluted Flint River in April 2014, causing toxic lead to leach into the water supply.

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