"I don't want to call them ni**ers", Stair adds.
Stair was the sales manager of the Genesee County Land Bank.
Stair's former employer, the Land Bank, is the largest property owner in the entire city, and Lyons fears the bank is working to push out poor black residents.
"I got friends, I mean, there's trash and there's people that do this shit", Stair continues. The recording of their conversation was later released to Truth Against The Machine. Her and a colleague visited a local bar after receiving a tip that Stairs was in attendance. He managed tax foreclosed houses for Genesee County, and Flint sits within its borders. 'We're not going to let this die'.
A screenshot of Phil Stair as he appears in the activist recording video.
Last June, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said the two firms "botched" their handling of Flint's water supply and helped lead to the city's water crisis.
But corroded pipes leeched lead into the water, sickening residents and making the supply unsafe to drink. That low usage of water in Flint causes the water to stagnate, creating quality problems that persist to this day. A national study found that in 2015, Flint residents paid the highest water rates in America, reported the Detroit Free Press. It took state officials, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, almost three months to notify residents that their water had been tainted.
'They just don't pay their bills.
"Flint has the same problems as Detroit, (expletive) don't pay their bills, believe me, I deal with them", a male voice says in the recording.
Rep. Dan Kildee, whose congressional district includes Flint, condemned Stair's comments in a Twitter post.
"This behavior is very bad and indefensible", Kildee wrote on Twitter Sunday night.
But the executive director for the land bank is skeptical.
"I am deeply troubled by [the statements]". "This individual does not represent our values as a company, and we are engaging with the community to restore and regain public trust".