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Barry: We Got To Do Something About Asians

From the Washington, DC NBC affiliate, WRCTV:


Barry Comment Critical of Asian Business Owners

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012

While celebrating his Democratic primary victory in Ward 8 Tuesday night, D.C. Councilman Marion Barry delivered a remark apparently critical of Asian business owners.

Barry spoke of changes in the ward, saying he’s worked hard for economic development in the city’s poorest ward and will continue to do so and saying something needs to be done about Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Avenue. He also seemed to criticize Asian shop owners who operate many small stores in the District.

“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”

Notice how this report is careful to say that his remarks are "apparently critical" of Asians. And that he "seemed" to be criticizing them.

Neither News4 nor Barry’s staff could reach the four-time former mayor Wednesday to get clarification about the remark.

Mayor Vincent Gray said he hadn’t heard about Barry’s comment. "I think you know what I stand for," he said. "And that is everybody having an equal opportunity in the District of Columbia."

U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce President Susan Allen, a 40-year D.C. resident and former Barry appointee to a minority business panel, said Barry’s comment surprised her.

“I was very surprised that this came out of his mouth,” she said. “Marion Barry has been a leader, he has been a mayor and he had worked on putting people together. We should utilize people like Marion Barry to put people together so that the Asian-Americans who have made the decision to move into place like Ward 8, which need businesses to service them and provide them with the services and product they want and create jobs. Keep them there and help them work together so that the two sides of the community can come together, become a positive change.”

Allen plans to reach out to Barry for clarification.

We suspect he will explain that someone set him up.

Notice how this report is careful to say that his remarks are "apparently critical" of Asians. And that he "seemed" to be criticizing them.

Neither News4 nor Barry’s staff could reach the four-time former mayor Wednesday to get clarification about the remark.

Mayor Vincent Gray said he hadn’t heard about Barry’s comment. "I think you know what I stand for," he said. "And that is everybody having an equal opportunity in the District of Columbia."

U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce President Susan Allen, a 40-year D.C. resident and former Barry appointee to a minority business panel, said Barry’s comment surprised her.

“I was very surprised that this came out of his mouth,” she said. “Marion Barry has been a leader, he has been a mayor and he had worked on putting people together. We should utilize people like Marion Barry to put people together so that the Asian-Americans who have made the decision to move into place like Ward 8, which need businesses to service them and provide them with the services and product they want and create jobs. Keep them there and help them work together so that the two sides of the community can come together, become a positive change.”

Allen plans to reach out to Barry for clarification.

We suspect he will explain that someone set him up.

Notice how this report is careful to say that his remarks are "apparently critical" of Asians. And that he "seemed" to be criticizing them.

Neither News4 nor Barry’s staff could reach the four-time former mayor Wednesday to get clarification about the remark.

Mayor Vincent Gray said he hadn’t heard about Barry’s comment. "I think you know what I stand for," he said. "And that is everybody having an equal opportunity in the District of Columbia."

U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce President Susan Allen, a 40-year D.C. resident and former Barry appointee to a minority business panel, said Barry’s comment surprised her.

“I was very surprised that this came out of his mouth,” she said. “Marion Barry has been a leader, he has been a mayor and he had worked on putting people together. We should utilize people like Marion Barry to put people together so that the Asian-Americans who have made the decision to move into place like Ward 8, which need businesses to service them and provide them with the services and product they want and create jobs. Keep them there and help them work together so that the two sides of the community can come together, become a positive change.”

Allen plans to reach out to Barry for clarification.

We suspect he will explain that someone set him up.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 5th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Barry: We Got To Do Something About Asians”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    D.C. Councilman Marion Barry – I seem to recall that Mr. Barry was run out of office for being addicted to cocaine and involved in other illegal activities? How is he still in government? That is a rhetorical question of course.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    All caring, all feeling democrats at it again. Ho hum goes the press.

  3. Anonymoose says:

    Wow, wants to kick out legitimate Asian business owners because he doesn’t like their shops and have a bunch of African-Americans take their places? Barry’s lucky the media will just sweep this under the rug and ignore it. If he’d been a Republican or just an ordinary person, he would have been out of a job.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Talk about broadening ones horizons……… Hate never sleeps. (And we’re the racist)

  5. canary says:

    Just because one Asian cheated Marion Barry on a crack buy, he calls them all dirty.

    BannedbyTaliban, the photoed Marion Barry smoking crack pipe with a hooker in a hotel room.
    and of course he was re-elected.

  6. GetBackJack says:

    You racist sons of unmarried parents … yes, you S&L’ers. Marion Barry cannot be a racist swine jerkoff.

    Marrion Barry is black.

    Blacks are always victims. Blacks are never racist. Blacks are always right.

    Now shut up and obey.

  7. Helena says:

    Yeah, just about a year ago he was censured and kicked off the Finance Committee, among others, for awarding DC business to his girlfriend’s company, which then gave him a kickback. But he did say he was sorry.

    And I think this, from his wiki entry, says it all:
    Barry was released from prison in 1992, and two months later filed papers to run for the Ward 8 city council seat in that year’s election.[49] Barry ran under the slogan “He May Not Be Perfect, But He’s Perfect for D.C.” He won 70% of the vote.


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