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Ted Galatis, 52, a city commissioner in Wilton Manors, Florida, has apologized for using the n-word in a confrontation with a woman in a Publix parking lot on June 1, but residents are still calling for his resignation, reports the Sun-Sentinel.

According to a police report released on June 5, Galatis and his wife were leaving a local Publix when a car behind them began honking the horn.  Galatis allegedly got out of his car to confront the occupants of the vehicle, who were all Black.

That’s when Galatis began hurling the “n-word” at them in a fit of rage.

“[Driver] stated that T Galatis began calling her and her passengers ‘N_____’ and at that point she requested for police to respond,” the police report reads. “[Driver] stated that she was upset that T Galatis called her and the passengers of her vehicle ‘N____’ and did not want him to get away with it.”

Galatis apologized for using the racial slur but said that he only did it because he felt “threatened.”

“I apologize for my use of the ’N’ word. It is something I never say,” Galatis said in statement. “I offer no excuse, other than it was uttered when I was being threatened in front of my own home.”

Galatis also apologized during a commission meeting, stating:  “The last thing I wanted to do was bring embarrassment upon the city, my wife and my family. I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the use of that word. That is not me.”

Galatis also claims that he didn’t use the n-word until a Black man got out of the car and said, “What’s your problem White boy?”

Galatis’ wife, Donna, claims that one occupant threatened her by saying, “White bi*ch, I’ll slice you up.”

Naomi Parker, a friend of Galatis who is running for commissioner, said that he should resign:

“This is probably the hardest night, Ted, but I need you to resign,” Parker said. “My kids have played at your pool. I’ve eaten food out of your house, and all it took was for me to make you angry and I would have been called a n****r. It’s not ‘the n-word.’ The word is n****r. It’s not ‘the n-word.’”

Galatis’ parking lot racism comes on the heels of Narvell Benning being verbally assaulted by Janelle Ambrosia in a Dollar General parking lot in Cheektowaga, New York.

Benning recorded the exchange, which goes on for approximately four minutes and, during that time, Ambrosia loudly flings the “n-word” at him and eventually threatens to throw her coffee on him.

“You’re a n–ger!”

“I called you a n–ger. You’re a n–ger! Nasty f–king n–ger!”

Read more on Benning’s story here.

The incident also comes a month after Robert Copeland, 82, the former police commissioner Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, resigned after news that he called President Barack Obama spread like wildfire.

“I believe I did use the “n-word” in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse,” Copeland said in an email to his fellow police commissioners. “For this, I do not apologize – he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”


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8 thoughts on “Ted Galatis: Fla. Official Claims He Used N-Word In Confrontation To ‘Protect’ Himself

  1. on said:

    is he really sorry? was the lady who was yelling at the guy at the dollar store sorry? was zimmerman sorry? was the man sorry who killed the young men at the store sorry? why are you sorry? you start it, then you finishit either killing the person and saying you feared for your life, or you apologize and say you have black friends, you would never say such things..really? i think if it is not in you to say it them you wont. you might cuss the person out but calling them out because of thier skin color would never cross your lips, never. you sorry? sure you are….

  2. Jiggy5 GO F**K YOURSELF!!!! I as a blk man live in ft.lauderdale,not far frm where it all went dwn,Ted Galatis is GARBAGE,and A RACIST, this is not the first time that the N-WORD has been used by a wilton manors official, He has nothing to be scared of, Dee your comment is on POINT.

  3. Since when is blowing your horn threatening? Wilton Manors is a predominantly gay community, wonder what he would have said if the person was white and gay? All hell would have broke loose also let one gay person step up and ask for his resignation he would so it in a heart beat (Gays got America in bitch mode, scared as hell of them)! Now tell me who keep saying racism does still exist?

  4. This story is a rehash of one a few days ago, how about something new and that really
    affects the black community like the large influx of illegal aliens strolling across the southern border and soon coming to a place for employment near you not to mention the 2billion Obama wants to house them that will have to come from someone’s benefits
    remember that when congress starts talking about CUTs to programs

    • lecia on said:

      I totally agree I work as an Administrator Asst and the people who clean the build are all mexicans. They need to go right on back across the boarder

  5. seriously on said:

    Sorry doesn’t mean anything and besides he got out of his car and confronted them, so how much fear of his life could he had been in…really. However, this is nothing surprising these people never had any real backbone or courage…Only what their racists government gave them…Afterall, they have historically so murdered man, woman and child in the Black race..Cowards! and nothing is more vicious and dangerous than a coward. Of course that is also true of the gang bangers, drug dealers and child molesters in our own community. If you got rid of them in our own community and the only thing you had to worry about is this asswipe , well we could live better than them and in peace.

    Which is something to think about

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