When will people learn that their racist views and social media will never mix? And that if you post racist things on your timeline, then people will see it and call you out on it. Indiana businesswoman Charlotte Lucas, who founded the multimillion dollar company Lucas Oil in 1989, posted a disturbing rant on Facebook blaming minorities, atheists and Muslims for “running” the country.
“I’m sick and tired of minorities running our country!” Lucas stated. “As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think that atheists (minority), muslims (minority) n or any other minority group has the right to tell the majority of the people in the United States what they can and cannot do here. Is everyone so scared that they can’t fight back for what is right or wrong with this country?”
Say what, lady? Where are your people? And it’s clear that she has people. According to Forbes, her husband Forrest Lucas is worth about $300 million. The stadium where the Indianapolis Colts play is named after their company.
Lucas continued to dig herself deeper into a hole when she spoke to WRTV and gave the typical sorry not sorry.
“I was very upset when I wrote that,” she said. “I will not elaborate other than to say that there are certain people who are trying to make the whole world eat what they want to eat and do what they want to do. I don’t think it’s any of their business what I put in my mouth. Thank you.”
Try again, Lucas.
So she did. Lucas issued an official apology.
I apologize to everyone for the insensitive comments posted on my Facebook account. My comments did not reflect my personal views about any individual or minority group, only my frustration that our government system sometimes seems out of balance. We live in a great country, but the agenda for our elected officials is too often dictated by special interest groups. My comments did not reflect my true feelings, and I am sorry for anyone who may have been offended.
What?! Who are the special interest groups? People of color who live in this country, are also allowed to vote, and deserve to have their voice heard and leverage politicians to respond to their needs? In the same way that wealthy white people do?
Of course people are entitled to their opinions because freedom of speech and whatnot, but once you put your hate speech out in the atmosphere (especially in an extremely public space) then it will rightfully get criticized. Unfortunately this will probably just be a slight dent for Lucas and she will recover as most multimillionaire racists tend to do. But at least the world knows where she stands now.