|Flint official fires himself out the cannon after he said a racial slur on tape.|
It's an economically deprived city. It's suffered a 59% loss in population after the manufacturing plants left the area. They left behind a river that is polluted and a water supply that kills residents.
The city was in the news back in 2015-16 after it was reported that residents were drinking contaminated water from the Flint River. This issue was a part of the election.
Flint residents demanded Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton address this issue. They called upon then president Barack Obama, governor Rick Snyder and city leaders to fix the problem quickly.
Flint is on the slow path to recovery. Given how Republicans are so emboldened to cut the safety net, the emergency aid to help Flint could be cut off when they present a law for Donald Trump to sign.
Emergency aid is a part of the safety net. When a disaster hits a community, the city and state ask for federal funds. Republicans believe that people have to have their privacy intruded on by taking drug and competency tests/
And even Flint, a city official is calling residents a bunch of "low-life" NIGGERS.
Phil Stair was recorded on phone saying that Flint residents who refused to pay for water services are usually NIGGERS.
"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 bill 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."
Stair resigned from the Genesee County Land Bank this week after the audio surfaced.
Stair who is White was recorded by an environmental activist.
The person who recorded Stair could face a lawsuit. Chelsea Lyon is the one who recorded the conversation. In Michigan, the state has a law that deals with recording conversations without consent.
Lyons brushed it off and told MLive that the land bank "is taking up all of the properties in Flint" and is "pushing people out of neighborhoods." She writes for a website called Truth Against the Machine.
The city could slap 8,000 residents with tax liens if they are more than six months behind in their water payments. Failure to pay water bills in Flint could result in a foreclosure of their homes.
The water crisis has dropped Flint's property value and population.
This issue won't Make America Great Again.
Racism exists. Donald J. Trump, Republicans and conservatives are the root cause of it.