White lawmaker calls Black county ‘n*gger district’
A Maryland politician has been stripped of her post as chair the unemployment insurance subcommittee of the House Economic Matters Committee, after she called a Black county “n—er district”.
Last month, Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, a Democrat was at a late night gathering when she allegedly inserted the racial slur comfortably into a conversation with a white colleague while at an Annapolis cigar bar.
Lisanti told a white lawmaker who was campaigning for a candidate in Prince George, that he was door-knocking in a “n—– district,” said Del. Jay Walker who heard the comment The Washington Post reports. Walker also represents that district.
House Speaker Michael E. Busch said he told Lisanti she would be stripped of her chair post.
“Leaders in the House need to be able to bring people together — not tear them apart,” Busch said in a statement.
Lisanti also has to undergo sensitivity training, the House speaker’s office announced Tuesday.
Earlier this month, The Post questioned Lisanti about using the term. She first denied remembering using the word then defended using the hateful term.
“I don’t recall that,” Lisanti said. “I don’t recall much of that evening.”
“I’m sure I have…” she said in response to be asked if she’s ever used the racist term. “I’m sure everyone has used it. I’ve used the f-word. I used the Lord’s name in vain.”
Lisanti issued an apology for her racist remarks.
“I deeply apologize . . . for my word choice several weeks ago,” Lisanti, 51, 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.”