BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, Michigan (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 Platko. The township clerk says she’s sorry for offending residents but she has no plans to step down.
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.
WEYI had trouble finding supporters of Platko after people heard the recording of her saying the n-word.
Platko says she was baited.
“Why didn’t he ever tape any other phone conversations?” she asked.
She intends to stay in office, but will choose her words more carefully.
“I probably should have used a word like ignoramus or something like that, but I didn’t and I’m sorry for the word that I used,” Platko said.
As far as any disciplinary action for Platko, the township manager has not returned WEYI phone calls.