Former crack head Marion Barry says one of the most racist comments a public official has said. He attacks Asians and says that something has to be done about them.
Ward 8 D.C. Councilman Marion Barry said Thursday that he was not trying to insult the city’s Asian community during remarks at a campaign event this week.
“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said in remarks on Tuesday night first reported by WRC-TV. “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.”
“I’m not ever going to condemn a group of people,” Barry told reporters gathered in his Wilson Building office Thursday. “My history is complete. It’s an excellent history with the Asian community.”
Barry said his criticisms of Asian businesses in his Southeast Washington ward were rooted in what he perceives as disengagement in the community by those companies.
“I’m not going to allow a group of people to exploit people in Ward 8,” Barry said.
Setting up businesses is exploitation? No Marion Barry, its your party’s polices that are exploitative of the African American community. This was a clear cut racists statement and he gets a pass.