Two months before Germany’s elections for a new chancellor, the Green Party’s candidate, Annalena Baerbock, has apologised for saying the N-word in an interview.
The Greens candidate, who has emerged as the top rival to chancellor candidate Armin Laschet of Angela Merkel’s CDU party, said she used the racial slur while retelling a story about a schoolchild refusing to do an assignment containing the N-word. “That was wrong and I’m sorry,” Baerbock wrote in a series of tweets on Sunday, saying she was aware of the racist origins of the word and the hurt it causes black people.
Baerbock said that she used the slur during a discussion about antisemitism and racism. “The son of a friend was supposed to write a picture story on a worksheet with the N word on it,” she tweeted. “That incident still upsets me today. Unfortunately, in the recording of the interview, I quoted the N-word in the emotional description of this unspeakable incident.”
Baerbock has also faced accusations of failing to report some party-related funds and was forced to correct some claims made in her public resume. More recently, she was accused of plagiarism in a book she wrote.
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