Marion Barry: I Misspoke When I Said ‘Polacks’

Associated Press, May 25, 2012

Councilmember Marion Barry says he misspoke when he referred to the Polish community with the disparaging term “Polacks.”

Barry made the remark when he was meeting with Asian-Americans. That meeting was set up after Barry made two offensive statements last month about Asians. He later apologized.

Barry was asked Thursday about racial tensions in the United States and he said: “The Irish caught hell, the Jews caught hell, the Polacks caught hell.”

In a seven-word statement Friday, Barry says he misspoke and should have said Polish.

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  • MissBonnie123

    Well, since I am of Polish descent I demand a direct apology.

    It would be unusual for a Black to apologize to a White for any nasty comment.

    • radical7

      Blacks apologize to Whites all the time.  In fact, many non-Whites are often forced to issue apologies for the behvior of others.

      • “Forced” by their parole officers.

        • haroldcrews

          Forced by their defense attorney.

      • mikejones91

        How are you so delusional? I used to think you were just some guilt ridden white but your ignorance/delusion leads me to believe you are of the sub-saharan variety. Other than this incident, when do blacks apologize to whites. I think you meant whites apologizing to blacks. We have both seen to many times to count. COUNTLESS white celebrities apologizing to the black “community” (if you can even call it that) for some harmless comment that a bunch negros got mad at. John Mayer (when asked his countless black female fans and whether or not he has been with a black woman) “My d*** is a white supremacist”. Kramer–Enough Said. (to be fair, that was a little much) The Monday Night Football singer. He made a perfectly relevant comparison.  netanyahu is a jew, and Hitler was an anti-semite. Perfect comparison. The only reason people got worked up is because they heard Hitler, and a black man referenced in the same sentence. “OMG!!!! RACIST!! DIE RACIST DIE!!! I wish you would just get blocked. I am always up for logical debate backed by FACT. But, that is just it. Your arguments aren’t backed by logic. They are backed by delusions of an angry black male.

        •  The Monday Night Football singer. He made a perfectly relevant comparison

          You’re talking about Hank Williams, Jr.

          Object lesson from all that:  When a Jewish CEO signs your paycheck, you NEVER make jokes about Hitler.  And by “never,” I mean never.  Hint:  ESPN -> Disney -> Bob Iger, and before him, Michael Eisner.

          That’s the real reason why he was shown the door.  All the talk about his pro-Southern songs is nonsense, because he cut that song three years before MNF hired him to do the MNF theme.

          I remember an ESPN on-air personality who, in the 1990s, tried to be cute and Chris Berman-like in referring to then-Jets QB Frank Reich as “Frank ‘Third’ Reich.”  I thought to myself, “you stupid a##, your boss’s name is Eisner.”  I think I wasn’t the only one who thought that, because I didn’t see that particular personality on ESPN ever again.  Don’t recall his name, though.

    • Sheila Dinehart

      I am sure you can’t possibly desire an apology from such an obvious moron…no AUTHENTIC WHITE would give him the time of day.

  • sbuffalonative

    Some people do enjoy special privileges and Mr. Barry is a member of our new privileged class.

  • frmore

    Funny to see a hapless imbecile like Barry get his boots stuck in the PC minefield of cow patty pies of other groups. Downhill has gotta be confusing for a senile, crack-addled, low IQ black on a steep reality grade and no brakes. 

  • Francis Galton

    Mr. Barry needs to be less niggardly with his vocabulary. 

  • haroldcrews

    ‘Polish’ is descriptive; not a noun.  He should have said ‘Pole’.  But perhaps I’m expecting too much of Mr. Barry.

  • Alexandra1973

    I’m half Polish and it doesn’t bother me.  In fact my parents used to affectionately call me their little Polack.

    Then again, I have more pressing things to be concerned about.

  •  I hope not.  My mother lives close to St. Louis’s Polish Catholic parish.  You know how dangerous they can be when they start throwing around sausages.

    “No Kielbasa, No Peace!”

  • radical7

    Question Diversity stated:
     
     I hope not.  My mother lives close to St. Louis’s Polish Catholic parish.  You know how dangerous they can be when they start throwing around sausages. “No Kielbasa, No Peace!”I thought the saying was “no justice, no peace.”

    • Really?  No sense of humor?

      • radical7

        I ‘d like to think of myself as a funny person.

        •  That’s funny.  I think of you as a troll.  But maybe we just have a failure to communicate.

    • IstvanIN

      I thought it was “No Kielbasa, No Peas”.

  • Barry will “catch hell for making such a porchmonkey statement”
    sorry, I misspoke – I meant “political statement”

  • Critic_of_Leviathan

    The fact that this guy holds elected public office is all you need to know about the black electorate.

  • radical7

    Istvan wrote:”I thought it was “No Kielbasa, No Peas”Good one.

  • radical7

    Francis Galton wrote:

    “Mr. Barry needs to be less niggardly with his vocabulary.” 

    While the word niggardly means stingly and miserly, you should be more careful in using such delicate language.

  • radical7

    Question Diversity 
     “That’s funny.  I think of you as a troll.  But maybe we just have a failure to communicate.

    “You should rethink such misguided assumptions.

    • JackKrak

      You should learn to use quotation marks properly.

    • mikejones91

      Great punctuation use. Now I know your black.

    • mikejones91

      All racism aside, can you PLEASE list an example of black apologizing to a white for a racial matter? Sure, black leaders condone black behavior but they certainly don’t apologize directly to whites. That’s the thing with YOU PEOPLE. You think because your “elite” apologize for the average black man, it somehow erases all the chaos you degenerates cause. How about you apologize for the COUNTLESS white women raped/murdered by black savages. Also, don’t tell me to apologize for slavery/ect. We have made amends. We have apologized, and continue to do so. Get over yourself. You negros are so cocky. For what, I don’t know.  What do you have to be cocky about boy? 

  • Harumphty_Dumpty

    Ha ha! I misspoke when I said, “N_____”!

    • radical7

      No you didn’t! LOL!

  • jack ryan

    Yeah, old Marion Barry has said a lot of things in his life. 

    One great thing he said was to disparage the (not so) Reverend Jessie Jackson:

    “Jessie don’t know how to run nothing ‘cept his mouth”.

  • ageofknowledge
    • ageofknowledge

      Watch the video. After, he was caught smoking crack rocks in a pipe to get high the black DC residents said that “made them love him even more.”

  • Sheila Dinehart

    Yeah yeah yeah…so what, every body caught hell…can anyone imagine how difficult it was for the white settlers to hack out from wilderness what would lead to the greatest world power this planet has ever seen… out of nothing…in such a short time…look what they had to put up with…yeah maybe the Whites make a few mistakes…big deal.  No matter now what mistakes (like a few hundred years of African Slavery?) Whites have made…get over it, deal with it…move on…ORGANIZE for survival. 

  • Sheila Dinehart

    As far as I am concerned DC cannot have enough *barries*…

  • radical7

    “mikejones91 2 comments 
    All racism aside, can you PLEASE list an example of black apologizing to a white for a racial matter? Sure, black leaders condone black behavior but they certainly don’t apologize directly to whites. That’s the thing with YOU PEOPLE. You think because your “elite” apologize for the average black man, it somehow erases all the chaos you degenerates cause. How about you apologize for the COUNTLESS white women raped/murdered by black savages. Also, don’t tell me to apologize for slavery/ect. We have made amends. We have apologized, and continue to do so. Get over yourself.”

    Did you mean “condemn instead of condone?.” I willl admit in the heat of typing frantically, I have mispelled and employed incorrect word choices so I do not want to belabor this point. However, condemn and condone are two words that are very distinctive from one another. Just curious.
     
    On your other point I am not a Black savage and I am not a rapist.  Although if you are interested in the hisory of rape in this nation you may want to read the book “At The Dark End of The Street” by Danielle McGuire.  It is a riveting account of the tens of thousands of Black women in the south (and other parts of the nation) that were raped by White men. One victim of such a rape, Recy Taylor who is now 94 years old was profiled in USA Today last year.  In fact, prior to 1960, the overwhelming majority of rapes were committed by White men.
     
    The book has been praised by critics of all races and has been nominated for several awards. It has won a few. The author was on the talk show circuit discussing her book.  There is no denying the fact that rape is the most vile crime any person can commit. The sexual expolitation and violation of  another human being is abominable. However, as history has demonstrated, no race of men have a monopoly on such odious behavior.

  • mikejones91

    Of course they don’t. This radical7 characters statements are SO ridiculous I often think he is joking, or a negro. Like one poster on here said “black will just talk/rant about the most RIDICULOUS things. They will spew ludicrous statements with no logic to back them. They also just expect whoever is listening to just believe them because they are black and WE are the simple minded gullible white man.”

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    You guys need to lighten up on poor Marion Berry.

    Old Marion of the Crackpipe can’t help himself!!  

    After all, according to himself, he’s “one of the most successful elected officials in America” and one whom “God gave a great brain, courage, charisma, visions and the kinds of things that make great leaders!!”

    More Wisdom, straight from the Crackpipe:

    *I am clearly more popular than Reagan. I am in my third term. Where’s Reagan? Gone after two! Defeated by George Bush and Michael Dukakis no less.

    People blame me because these water mains break, but I ask you, if the water mains didn’t break, would it be my responsibility to fix them then? WOULD IT!?!
    .
    *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 laws in this city are clearly racist. All laws are racist. The law of gravity is racist.

    God didn’t give him a “great brain” it gave him a constituency with no brains. 

    Yes, the perfect representative of his constituency…

    Bon

  • Shawn_thefemale

    No worries, Marion. You have a free pass. You’re welcome.