A local Michigan Democrat is rightfully facing backlash after using an offensive racial slur when asked how she felt about meeting up with a fellow towns person who is African-American.
Buena Vista Township Clerk Gloria Platko is resisting demands that she step down after another local official, Interim Township Manager Dexter Mitchell (a Democrat), taped a phone conversation in which Platko referred to Township Supervisor Dwayne Parker (also a Democrat) as “an arrogant n****r.”
The 63 year-old Democrat later apologized for the “slip of the tongue,” but shockingly insisted that her use of the slur doesn’t make her racist, because she has “eaten Thanksgiving dinner with black friends at their house.”
From MLive’s Bob Johnson:
Mitchell said he recorded the call in January without Platko’s knowledge because he didn’t want her to twist his words. About six minutes into the recording, Mitchell asks, “Would you be willing to sit down with (Parker)?”
Platko told Mitchell that Parker is “just rubbing me the wrong way.
“He is just doing whatever he can. You know what I think of Mr. Parker right now, and I know you’re not even going to like this,” Platko said in the recording.
“But he’s just an arrogant (N-word). And I’m sorry to say it that way, but that’s the way I feel.”
As per the usual, Gloria Platko then offered this sideways azz “apology” for her racist remark:
As is often the case with these things, Platko’s apology didn’t really help all that much. She told local NBC 25 reporter Walter Smith-Randolph that she was “sorry to my five other board members, and I’m entirely sorry to this entire community,” but added that “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.”
You can listen to the full audio clip below:
SMH. We can’t eve say we’re surprised anymore.