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  1. State official resigns after using racial slur, expressing contempt for Flint and Detroit workers

    By Shannon Jones

    8 June 2017

    A Michigan official who oversaw foreclosed properties in Genesee County, Michigan, which includes the city of Flint, resigned Monday after the publication of a digital recording in which he can be heard venting his hostility toward Flint and Detroit workers. In the recording, he denounces them for not paying their water bills. The remarks are laced with vulgar, offensive language, directed against working people, including the use of a racial epithet.

    Phil Stair, sales manager for the Genesee County Land Bank, resigned his post after two female activists with Truth Against the Machine, a protest group oriented to the Democratic Party, released a recording of a conversation with Stair held at a local bar. The women made the recording surreptitiously.

    The release of the recording and the resignation of Stair come as state and local officials are seeking to put an end to ongoing protests in Flint over the lead poisoning of the city’s water supply. After the passage of more than a year and a half since the revelation that Flint residents had been subjected to dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water, little has been done to repair the city’s antiquated lead piping system, let alone compensate residents whose children are suffering severe learning disabilities and whose property values have plummeted.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/06/08/flin-j08.html

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