Kentucky senator Phillip Wheeler apologizes for using racial slur

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A Kentucky senator is apologizing after democrats say there are several posts in which he uses a racial slur.

One post uses the word “coon” in reference to Virginia”s Democratic Governor, Ralph Northam.

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Friday, Republican Senator Phillip Wheeler posted his apology on Facebook saying the word “coon” is a “nickname” Virginia’s governor has apparently used.

Wheeler also says he used the word to call attention to Northam’s racism.

State Representative Attica Scott, D – Louisville, says it is unnecessary and hurtful to use that kind of language at all.

“Of course I’m upset, but I’m also hurt because I have to walk these halls as the only black woman here and to know there’s a state senator who’s using that kind of language that is directed at people like me is hurtful,” Scott says.