© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Politics & Government

Detroit Lawmaker Apologizes For Calling Opponent Racial Slur

Bettie Cook Scott and Stephanie Chang
Michigan House Democrats

A black Detroit lawmaker has apologized for using racial slurs against an Asian-American opponent for state Senate.

The Detroit News reports that Rep. Bettie Cook Scott issued an apology Thursday after accountability group Progress Michigan revealed Scott used racial slurs to refer to state Rep. Stephanie Chang.

Progress Michigan also revealed this week that Scott told voters during the Aug. 7 primary that she was disgusted to see the black community support Chang and not "their own people."

Scott and Chang were among six Democratic candidates running for state Senate District 1. Chang won the primary.

Scott apologized to Chang, her husband and the Asian-American community. She says she should never contribute to divisiveness as a state representative.

Chang says she plans to meet with Scott next week.

News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.