The Background: After comparing the working class to midgets, Congressman Hank Johnson returned to the House floor to apologize to all 'little people.'
Last night I used an analogy that some sound offensive and I certainly was not meaning to be offensive or use a derogatory term. You know, everybody knows what the n-word is. The n word, Mr. Speaker, is used to describe a group of people. And the n word used to be fashionable, or it used to be socially acceptible to use the N word. But now we don't say the N word, we say, we refer to that word as the N word. And I had never heard of the M word, Representative Schakowsky. It's a word also that describes a group of people and it at one time has been commonly used as a descriptive term. It was at one time socially acceptible. But to my discovery, just within the last 12 hours or so I have found that the use of the midget, excuse me, the use of the M word is no longer socially acceptable. Now the M word refers to a group of people, the little people.