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Posted on: February 28, 2019

STATEMENT - COUNCIL CHAIR TURNER RESPONDS TO USE OF RACIAL SLUR BY MARYLAND DELEGATE

The Prince George’s County Council soundly condemns the use of a racial slur, inappropriate in

any context, by Maryland lawmaker Mary Ann Lisanti to describe our County. The use of such

language is abhorrent and harmful, and Delegate Lisanti owes Prince George’s County residents

a public apology. We are proud, hardworking and longstanding citizens of the larger Maryland

community and its history, and we share in the continuing fight for equality and opportunity for all.

The Council joins with County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, the Prince George’s House

Delegation, the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus and other stakeholders in the call for the

General Assembly to take appropriate and responsive action. In the best interest of the state and

its residents, Delegate Lisanti must make an important decision about her ability to

effectively legislate on behalf of Maryland’s richly diverse communities.

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