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CAIR Condemns Maryland Lawmaker’s Use of Racial Slur, Calls on Her to Resign

(BALTIMORE, MD, 2/27/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today strongly condemned the use of a racial slur by a Democratic state lawmaker from Harford County, Md., and called on her to resign.

According to a report by the Washington Post, Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (D-Harford) told a colleague late last month at an Annapolis cigar bar that campaigning in Prince George’s County on behalf of another candidate amounted to door-knocking in a “n***** district.” 

SEE: Md. lawmaker apologizes for allegedly using n-word with her colleagues

“It is unacceptable for any elected representative to use this kind of deeply offensive racial slur,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “Lawmakers are public servants who must be held to a higher moral standard. This insult is particularly disturbing considering that Delegate Lisanti is a democrat who was voted into office in a Republican county partly through support from her African-American constituents. She has lost public trust, along with the ability to demonstrate that she can represent all of her district in a fair manner.” 

Tuesday’s news reports indicated that House speaker Michael Busch stripped her of her post as chair of a House subcommittee.  She has also reportedly been ordered to undergo sensitivity training. 

SEE: Delegate loses leadership post for using racial slur

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.


CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062,

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