A white lawmaker from Maryland has apologised for using a racial slur to describe a legislative district in Prince George’s County, Washington.
Democrat for Hartford Mary Ann Lisanti allegedly told a white colleagues at a cigar bar in Annapolis who had campaigned on behalf of another candidate, it was like knocking on doors in a “n****r district,” TheWashington Post reported.
The district she refers to, Prince George’s County has a population that is 65 per cent black.
Following an uproar about the racist nature of her statement, she said in a statement: “I am sickened that a word that is not in my vocabulary came out of my mouth.”
It does not represent my belief system, my life’s work or what is my heart.
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland said she apologised but said she did not recall using the racist slur.
In a statement of their own, the caucus said: “It is clear Delegate Lisanti is unsuited to continue in a position of leadership in the Maryland General Assembly.
The use of a derogatory term exhibits that she does not hold the requisite contrition to be entrusted in a leadership role moving forward.
Politician Darryl Barns, who chairs the caucus, added that she apologised several times.
She recognises how she has hurt so many within the caucus, and she hoped to repent from this. She said that she doesn’t remember fully what happened, but she recognizes what happened.
However, earlier this year she told the Post that she hadn’t remembered saying the slur.
I don’t recall that. . . . I don’t recall much of that evening.
When asked whether she has ever used the slur, she said: “I’m sure I have. . . . I’m sure everyone has used it. I’ve used the f-word. I used the Lord’s name in vain.”