Tennessee lawmaker apologizes after racially offensive joke

Published: Jun. 8, 2020 at 10:17 PM EDT
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A white Tennessee lawmaker has asked for forgiveness on the House floor after he made a racially offensive joke hours before to a black representative.

Earlier that Monday, while chairing a House panel, Representative Mike Carter had made the offhand remark about Democratic Rep. Joe Towns while trying to get his attention.

The remark quickly garnered criticism online. Other Democratic black lawmakers declared the comment was particularly inappropriate given the recent protests around the U.S. against police brutality and racism.

WTVF reported that Carter and Towns hugged on the House floor.

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