Barry Won’t Apologize for Comments on Asians, Filipino Nurses

Tom Howell Jr., Washington Times, April 26, 2012

D.C. Council member Marion Barry struck an unyielding tone on Thursday in defense of his record of welcoming all people into the District’s “melting pot,” arguing the media took his recent inflammatory comments about Asian groups out of context because his first priority is finding jobs for the city’s poorest residents.


The comments at a hearing on the University of the District of Columbia on Monday were considered offensive by many observers in light of prior remarks he made mere moments after a landslide victory in the Democratic primary election on April 3. At that time, he said “dirty shops” run by Asians in Ward 8 should leave and be replaced by stores with black owners.

His remarks drew the ire of Asian community groups and gained new life after the remarks about Filipino nurses.

But Mr. Barry said the media has conducted divisive reporting and he is “not falling for it.” He couched his comments as an attempt to bring engaging business owners and jobs to his predominately black ward east of the Anacostia River.

“My fight is for jobs, jobs, jobs,” he said, noting Ward 8 has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. “I represent a ward that needs someone to fight for jobs. We welcome each and every kind of business into Ward 8, regardless of your ethnic grouping.”

But these business, he warned, must be ready to hire local residents and be involved in the community.



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  • Up to my neck in CA

    “But these business, he warned, must be ready to hire local residents and be involved in the community.”

    Local Residents = lazy, sloven blacks
    Involved in the community = Not call the police when flash mobbed or robbed.

    •  Involved in the community could also mean stuffing rolls of money into the mouths of various Obama-style community activists who will then turn around and hire friends and relatives of Marion Barry.

      • Up to my neck in CA

        And warned = incite a riot if they don’t get their way.

  • Blaak Obongo

    When was the last time a White public figure made less-than-adulatory comments about nonWhites and was given a free pass by the governmedia?  This would have been a career-ender for a mere White politician.

  • libertarian1234

    “Former DC mayor says he has a long record of supporting the “melting pot.”
    He also has a long record of indicating he might be  a few cards short of a full deck.

    “I am a great mayor; I am an upstanding Christian man; I am an intelligent man; I am a deeply educated man; I am a humble man.”
    “The brave men who died in Vietnam, more than 100% of which were black, were the ultimate sacrifice.”


  • The reality is that even if you bring jobs, jobs, jobs to these people they do not have the basic life skills to handle the lowest level of employment.  I guess “involved in the community” means teaching them things their parents should have taught them, and paying higher taxes for programs the government has already tried and is too broke to continue.  

    I’d rather open an American flag factory in Afghanistan then putting any kind of business in these areas.  

  • The__Bobster

    At that time, he said “dirty shops” run by Asians in Ward 8 should leave and be replaced by stores with black owners.

    Well, he’s half right, but who would then become the cannon fodder for his feral tribesmen?

  • How about noticing the real lesson here; even a black crackhead politician knows that you NEVER apologize to your enemies.  It only shows weakness and emboldens them to further attacks.  Now if white conservative politicians could just learn from this example.

  • “Blacks can’t stand to have any nonblack around them that is doing better
    than them.  Black men are just losers for the most part and want to
    bring everyone down to their level.”

    Very well said. That really about sums it up.

  • Bluto

    It seems to me that there is No Fool like a White Fool.
    We (whites) have tied our own hands behind our own back and will go as far as imprison whites if they speak their mind and it doesn’t praise Border Invaders and blacks to the high heavens.
    We (whites) have put into motion the machine that will take us down and crush us as America becomes a Third World Country before our own eyes.
    blacks kill whites by the hundreds in the most diabolical of ways and it is not reported.
    Whites step on a blacks toe (by accident) and is World Wide News as a racist for months on end.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Only in America can men like this be elected officials.

    His re-election is proof blacks vote color and not the content of a man’s character.