A prominent business owner in the Indianapolis area has stirred up some controversy with her anti-minorities Facebook post.
Charlotte Atkins Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil with husband and executive vice president of Lucas Oil Products, wrote the following on her Facebook page:
“I’m sick and tired of minorities running our country! 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?”
Lucas confirmed writing the Facebook post in a phone call with Call 6 Investigator Rafael Sanchez.
"I was very upset when I wrote that," Lucas 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."
Following the backlash of her Facebook post, an apology was issued by Charlotte, reports The Indy Channel.
“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,” Charlotte said. “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 may have been offended.”
A statement was also issued by Robert Patison, general counsel for Lucas Oil Products.
“Actions speak louder than words. Lucas Oil is a small, family-owned, American company that prides itself on being a highly integrated and diverse organization with a great sense of community,” Patison wrote. “We provide significant financial support for a broad range of organizations that serve the needs of veterans, women, other minority groups, and disadvantaged individuals throughout the United States. Fairness and equality are core values of our company.”
The Lucas’ are well-known in the Indianapolis community. Their name adorns the stadium where the Indianapolis Colts play, and they give to a number of local charities.
Photo Source: The Indy Channel