Michigan Township Clerk Says Life 'Destroyed' by Airing of Racial Slur

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan township clerk who was recorded using a racial slur to describe a black official says her life has been "destroyed" by public airing of the recording.

Buena Vista Township Clerk Gloria Platko made the remark during Wednesday night's meeting of the Saginaw-area community's board.

In an April 22 meeting, the township's interim manager Dexter Mitchell played an audio recording of a January phone conversation between himself and Platko, which included Platko using the slur when talking about township Supervisor Dwayne Parker.

Parker, who was seated Wednesday next to Platko, told The Saginaw News after the meeting he plans to "continue working with each and every board member -- even Platko."

The board, the Michigan Democratic Party and some area groups and residents have said Platko should resign.

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