Charlotte Atkins Lucas, co-founder of Lucas Oil Products and the company’s executive vice president, posted comments on her Facebook page disparaging atheists, Muslims and other minority groups, claiming she is sick and tired of them “running our country.” Lucas Oil has naming rights to the stadium that the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts call home. Lucas and her husband Forrest are prominent members of the community in Indianapolis. Mrs. Lucas actually won a Spirit Award in April. Spirit Awards are given out to “recognize leaders in business, philanthropy and arts and culture.”
Channel 6 in Indianapolis first reported on the Facebook post Friday afternoon. While it appears that Lucas deleted the post, and perhaps her page, as I was unable to locate it, the news station was able to post a screenshot of the rant.
Oof. A screed like that can only come from the mind of someone ensconced in white privilege. For an extremely wealthy woman to complain that atheists, Muslims and other minorities are somehow running things in this country and making white Christians do things they don’t want to do is just plain ludicrous. Mostly, this just comes across as a conservative rich person whining about the pushing of the ‘liberal agenda.’
Lucas did confirm to Channel 6 that she made the Facebook post, She claimed that she was upset when she did it and that she just doesn’t like other groups telling people what to do.
“I was very upset when I wrote that. 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.”
(Sounds to me like someone isn’t happy with the First Lady’s healthy eating initiative.)
Below is a video segment from Channel 6 on the story:
Now, I wonder if she is talking about groups of people who are trying to tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies. Or, perhaps other people that are telling same-sex couples that they cannot get legally married. Nope. It seems far more likely she is whining about things like the so-called War on Christmas, affirmative action, the separation of church and state and anything else that good upstanding white Christians feel they are under attack for.
One also has to see the correlation between her rant and the fact that President Barack Obama is a minority. You have to wonder if her little addition of ‘Muslims’ is a shout out to conspiracies regarding POTUS, specifically that he is a secret Muslim who is doing the bidding of radical Islamists. Of course, that always goes hand-in-hand with birthers claiming that Obama was born in Kenya and isn’t legitimate. The whole tone of Lucas’ rant, even if you can’t point directly to her claiming these things, fits right in with the worst from the far-right.