"Prince George County is a Nigger District," Says Del. Mary Lisanti

A Maryland state lawmaker was forced to apologizefor using a racial slur to describe a black county in suburban Washington.

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Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (D-Harford),white lady, allegedly told a colleague last month at an Annapolis bar that campaigning in Prince George’s County on behalf of another candidate amounted to door-knocking in a “nigger district,” reported The Washington Post.

Prince George’s County, 65% black, is one of the most affluent majority-black counties in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau. Harford is 80% white.

Lisanti said sorry for her “word choice several weeks ago.”

“I am sickened that a word that is not in my vocabulary came out of my mouth,” she said. “It does not represent my belief system, my life’s work or what is my heart.”

She said she did not recall using the slur and offered an “inadequate” apology, the caucus said in a statement on Tuesday.

“It is clear Delegate Lisanti is unsuited to continue in a position of leadership in the Maryland General Assembly,” the black caucus statement said. “The use of a derogatory term exhibits that she does not hold the requisite contrition to be entrusted in a leadership role moving forward.”

Lisanti announced Tuesday that she had also apologized to the entire House Democratic Caucus and had agreed to stepped down as chair of the unemployment insurance subcommittee on the House Economic Matters Committee after meeting with House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel).

“I understand that the use of inappropriate and insensitive language is not acceptable under any circumstance,” she wrote in a statement. “I am sorry for the hurt I have caused and will do everything I can to help heal that pain and regain the trust of my colleagues and constituents. I pray for forgiveness.”

“Racism is just as prevalent today as it was in 1950 ― it’s just a sugarcoated form,” Barnes told HuffPost.

“This is not a one-time incident. This is a behavioral pattern ― those are her words,” he said. “She has to take a real close look in the mirror and do a judgment call … and decide whether she should stay in the General Assembly or if should she move on.”

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