Phil Stair, sales manager of the Genesee County Land Bank has resigned his position after water activists recorded him saying Flint’s water crisis problems were caused by “n***ers (who) don’t pay their bills.”
“Flint has the same problems as Detroit — f**ing n***ers don’t pay their bills, believe me, I deal with them,” Stair is heard saying on a audio recording posted online by Truth Against The Machine. Stair was recorded by Chelsea Lyons, an environmental activist and independent journalist who has been covering the city’s water crisis.
“Detroit was charging all its customers for the cost—they weren’t collecting from their residents, they were shutting water off, they were letting bills go forever, they were charging everybody else; Flint has the same problems as Detroit—fucking n***ers don’t pay their bills, believe me, I deal with them.”
After making the racist comment, Stair tried to clarify his statement:
“I don’t want to call them n***ers, 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 shit. 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.”
Stair claimed he was personally hired by now-Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), who was then Genesee County treasurer. Kildee responded on Twitter to after hearing Stair’s recorded statements and called for his immediate removal.
This behavior is awful and indefensible. Phil Stair should be fired or resign immediately. https://t.co/A7R6QjzlEP
— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) June 5, 2017
Michele M. Wildman, executive director of the Land Bank, said Monday, June 5, that she has accepted the resignation of Stair, who was a longtime employee of the agency.
The full 20-minute audio recording of Stair is below. To learn more about the recording please click here.