Walter Smith-Randolph, WEYI-TV
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WEYI) - The Buena Vista Township, Michigan clerk is in hot water after using a racial slur to describe the township supervisor. Now, Gloria Platko is apologizing and defending herself.
Buena Vista Township residents are calling for the resignation of Gloria Platko. The township clerk says she's sorry for offending residents but she has no plans to step down.
Gloria Platko is apologizing for what she calls, "a slip of the tongue."
"I'm sorry to my five other board members and I'm entirely sorry to this entire community," says Platko.
Platko was recorded calling township supervisor Dwayne Parker the n-word. Platko says that doesn't make her racist.
"I've eaten Thanksgiving dinner with black friends at their house. So I'm far from prejudiced. You need to go interview some of the black people who have supported me for the last four or five years," says Platko.