Maryland Democratic delegate Mary Ann Lisanti is apologizing for referring to a predominantly black area of the state as a “n***er district.” She has reportedly been removed from her leadership position.
According to The Washington Post, during a conversation regarding campaigning in Prince George County, Lisanti reportedly used the slur in reference to the area, whose demographic is 60 percent black.
“I understand that the use of inappropriate and insensitive language is not acceptable under any circumstance,” Lisanti said in a statement. “I’m 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 [my] constituents. I pray for forgiveness. I’m 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’s my heart.”
When she was asked if she would use the slur by The Post in a previous interview, Lisanti said “I’m sure everyone has used it. I’ve used the f-word. I used the Lord’s name in vain.”
Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Chair Del. Darryl Barnes stated that while Lisanti is a Democrat, that does not negate her language, hatred and bigotry. “There is no place in the House of Delegates for that type of language to be used,” Barnes reportedly said. “It is unacceptable, it is offensive and it is very hurtful.”