Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Indians are Thieves, Felons & Tax Evaders!
"We're not going to do business with your company anymore because all you can say is bad things about us," Krist Atanasoff was heard saying during an earlier phone call for comment from The Mining Journal.
"You're supporting these Indians. They're thieves, they're convicted felons and they're tax evaders."
While (Krist Oil) Citgo gas stations aren't the only ones pulling the Mining Journal off their shelves, they were the only ones that had an vice president of their company publicly use racism against these Native Americans. Many gas station owners are on edge because of a proposed Marquette, Michigan Keweenaw Bay Indian Community gas station. They fear they will lose money from this new station offering cheaper gas prices than they are getting now. Many area residents are happy to finally see "Free Enterprise" working towards their advantage. Many American residents are feeling the pinch from high gas prices and it seems as if Marquette, MI has some of the highest around compared to other local cities.
The choice of words used by this company vice president may haunt him forever. Upper Michigan has many tribal communities and reservations, with many more members living their own lives. When Krist made the statement he did, he used plurals as if he was talking about ALL native Americans. He said they were "Thieves, Felons and Tax Evaders". The day after these comments were made, Krist claimed these comments were directed towards a Mr. Fred Dakota. Krist says he was talking about Fred when he made those comments. The only problem is, the Mining Journal claims Krist said "these indians.." followed with "They're thieves, felons and tax evaders"..
I sent an email to Krist Atanasoff asking him "I'd like to get a response from you about your comments made to the mining journal. Why did you say the things you did? Are you really against Native Americans?"
His reply was- "No not at all,,,,,,,,the Mining Journal put the spin on what was said,,, my comments were directed to Fred Dakota,, his criminal record says it all......... Krist"
Many questions are left without answers in Upper Michigan, but I have a feeling the people will answer them.