How the hell is it possible that Marion Barry is still holding political office anywhere? How does being caught smoking crack with a hooker not kill your career? He’s still on the DC city council and now he’s attacking Asians who own businesses in his district:
On Tuesday night in the hours after securing another primary victory for City Council in Ward 8, Barry told his supporters this:
“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. 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.”
But until about 4 p.m. Thursday, Barry refused to back down, telling reporters in his office the Asian merchants needed a new attitude. Barry criticized the merchants for not reinvesting in the community and suggesting the ward would be better off with merchants from Ethiopia.
It is a comment the former mayor and civil rights worker attempted to clarify during an interview.
“What they should do is come in with a different attitude, an attitude of being part of the community, of cleaning these stores up, having them spic and span like they do in Ward 3 and some other places,” said Barry. “Take down that Plexiglas. I know it’s a safety issue. It’s wrong to come into a community, take their money and take it to Virginia, Maryland or somewhere, not become part of the community, not help the community, not give out supplies and books and things like that.”
And this still probably won’t keep him from being reelected. Absolutely appalling.