You guys know with only two days left of Black History Month, it wouldn’t be right to end it without someone dropping the N-bomb.
That amazingly ignorant person was Maryland lawmaker Del. Mary Ann Lisanti. A fun night at an Annapolis cigar bar allowed Lisanti to show her true feelings about her neighboring county. Prince George’s County, which has been noted as one of the most affluent African-American counties in the country, is nothing but a “n****r district” to her. At least that’s what she told another candidate.
Of course, the clueless, white Harford representative thought a simple apology would wipe her hands clean of the mess she made. Boy, was she mistaken.
After claiming to be “sickened” that she used “a word that’s not in her vocabulary,” (which doesn’t make sense, by the way) she assured, “It does not represent my belief system, my life’s work or what is my heart.”
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland was not feeling the “inadequate” apology. They stated, “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.”
The decision was obvious to have Lisanti step down. House Speaker Michael E. Busch stripped her of her title as chair of the unemployment insurance subcommittee on the House Economic Matters Committee.
Ironically, even though Mary Ann claimed to feel such remorse, she basically defended herself in a later statement to The Washington Post. Blaming it on the alcohol was the go-to solution as she claimed to not remember the evening. However, when asked if she thinks she’s ever used the N-word before, she responded, “Sure…I’m sure everyone has used it. I’ve used the f-word. I used the Lord’s name in vain.”