Newly elected Tenn. Democrat London Lamar apologizes for calling state 'racist'

A newly elected Democratic state lawmaker in Memphis, Tenn., is apologizing after a video online showed her calling Tennessee “racist” and Republican voters “uneducated.”

London Lamar ran uncontested in House District 91 during the Nov. 6 election. But just after she celebrated her victory, a video was posted on her Facebook page that her constituents have found troubling. While it has since been deleted, local Memphis news station WREG captured footage from the clip, which shows the representative-elect calling her home state racist.

“Tennessee’s racist. Period. Period,” Lamar said in the video. “Most of the Tennesseans who voted Republican are uneducated.”

On Tuesday, Lamar sat down with WREG and issued an apology to those who were offended by her statement. “We want to make sure we don’t overgeneralize groups of people. For that, we sincerely apologize,” she said. “What we have seen is that many of the folks who voted Republican based their judgment on racially charged rhetoric that was coming down from the White House.”

When directly asked if she believes Tennessee is racist, the Democrat said, “I think Tennessee is very polarized. And I think that we need to continue to have conversations about how Tennessee can work on behalf of everybody.”

Even after her apology, people on Twitter have expressed great disappointment.

Some have defended Lamar, saying that she shouldn’t have to worry about “political correctness.”

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