Bill Calls for Renaming the University of the District of Columbia to Honor Marion Barry

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, February 6, 2015

Vincent B. Orange Sr., a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, has proposed that the University of the District of Columbia Community College become a tuition-free institution. Under the Orange plan, students who maintained a 2.0 grade point average and completed community college within in two years would pay no tuition.

Orange also called for the university to be renamed to honor former mayor Marion Barry, who died this past November. Mayor Barry was a major supporter of the university and a strong advocate for higher education. But his 1990 arrest on drug charges and allegations of corruption would work against naming the university after Barry.


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  • Renaming it after Crackhead Barry sounds like a great idea, but community colleges are already nearly free. When I took welding classes here at PPCC, the tuition was negligible. I got all kinds of breaks: state resident, unemployed, etc. I spent more on the book (Jeffus) and equipment (arc helmet, arc jacket, etc.) than I did on tuition. Is this other crackhead saying that the textbooks (and everything else) also need to be free?

    • Michael Robert Ryan

      Yeah, nobody who can’t afford it has to pay for college in this country. Whenever I hear rabble rousers like Barry promise free college, I just laugh. It’s already free. There are Pell grants and all sorts of other money available. I am currently pursuing an A.S. at the local community college and I haven’t paid a cent. They actually pay me a small stipend each semester to buy books and other necessities.

      • Raymond Kidwell

        That’s not the case. A decent college is too expensive. At University of Cincinnati tuition alone is around $10,000 a year, plus all the other expenses (books etc.) then also you need to pay rent and live while going to school which is at least another $10,000 a year.

        A lot of the community colleges offer majors that are basically vocational skills but it takes you three years to get it instead of one. It depends on where you are at, but its pretty slim pickins at these colleges and usually the most you can get is an assocaites degree. The jobs you get with these degrees usually don’t pay too well (like $15 an hour). It’s not like college is “free”.

        By contrast if you are black you get an extra $20,000 in grants on top of pell and all the normal ones. This means you can go to any college you want, provided they will accept you. Most Universities will take you because you are black and they badly need better diversity numbers.

        On top of that I took all the classes I needed and the school wouldn’t let me take my final classes. There seem to be a lot of games and unnecessary obstacles at a lot of these community colleges.

        It’s just like the fact everybody tells me “why don’t you get a job with the school. As part of the financial aid program they give students jobs”. Yeah sure they do, but when you go to sign up for it they are always full. There are more people applying than there are openings. People seem to have the impression that they just throw money at you when at a community college. I went into the worse poverty of my life. Going to school interfered with my ability to work or even find a job at mcdonalds in the bad economy. On top of that, everytime I turn around they want you to buy a $200 calculator or $600 book or some other expense. And then they usually assume you have a car and can drive all over the place for their various classes or jobs they make you do.

        And if you pay $600 for a book and use it for two months and sell it back to the college they’ll give you like $30 for it, then resell it for $450 or something. Sometimes you can get a book free off of a fellow student or buy or sell to students, but it’s hard to do because they change the edition every few semesters to prevent that from happening.

        • Nancy

          I would LOVE to get my Master’s online, but as a white, 47-year-old stay-at-home mom, it’s difficult to find grants to pursue it. Especially since my oldest goes off to college herself next fall.

          Perhaps I should apply, claiming to be black. Or part black. I’m pretty tan…maybe I can get away with it?

          • Ograf

            I don’t give a darn if they gave me the keys to the kingdom, I Never would claim to be black or any part of it.

          • Raymond Kidwell

            Why would you want to go to college for a master’s at your age? People do it, but seems like a lot of work for someone who already lived a lot of their life. As well I don’t know of any serious degree you can get online. You have to go online and apply for grants check the box that says you are black and see what happens. You also might need to apply or get accepted into a school. Tell them you are black and see if any accept you.

            Mainly though they look for young black men. There are a handful of black women in college but the number of black men hovers near zero. So that is the group they bend over backwards for.

  • JackKrak

    Fine, go ahead. Just make sure you print “The **** Set Me Up” across the top of the diplomas.

  • MekongDelta69

    Now there’s a school I’d just love to get into — The Marion Barry High School.


    Btw, what part of the GPA would the ‘youts of oppression’ have to maintain for it to be free paid for with our taxes?
    The ‘2’ or the ‘0’?!?

    Jes’ axin’

    • No; you have that designation wrong. We’d need some name-inflation there. It might be the “Marion Barry Career and Success Academy”.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      It will be an Institute of HIGHER learning.

      • Bon, please stop changing your avatar so often. I look for you here. I don’t really resemble this on the outside, but I like my avatar. It suits me. Other posters keep theirs as well.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          It’s hard not to keep changing – I love holidays, especially traditional White holidays that are being systematically eliminated from American consciousness one-by-one. This weekend holiday, for example, is “Presidents Day” – morphed from what used to be two different national holidays – specifically Lincoln and Washington, each of whom had his own named holiday.

          Now we’ve got MLK and Cesar Chavez (state holiday in California with legislation pending to take make it a national holiday) – named holidays for two anti-Whites (!!).

          If I don’t celebrate and keep alive White holidays, who will?

          Best to you – will return to usual avatar tonight…until St. Patrick’s Day next month.

          • Raymond Kidwell

            It’s saint Kai’ishas day. It replaced St. Patricks day. Her symbol is the watermelon.

          • Samuel Hathaway

            Speaking of White Holidays, don’t forget Columbus Day. Got to fight to keep that one. February is a good month for White History Month, the basis being George Washington’s birthday, along with giving Abe Lincoln his due for keeping the country together.

            Been having a great time focusing in on the wonders of Greek Architecture the past few days, the Lewis & Clark expedition, and the Founders. Next up is a documentary about Queen Elizabeth I, Renaissance Art, the Roman Empire in the first century A.D., Mount Rushmore… all that good stuff

    • 1stworlder

      It will be graded on a curve on top of it

    • Who Me?

      A 2.0 G.P.A. What is that? about a B- or C+… At a community college you can get grades like that if you just attend class once in a while, even if you sleep through them and never crack a book. Basically I think all you have to be able to do is write your name at the top of the test paper, and you got it.

      • Raymond Kidwell

        Most of the classes are pretty easy, but usually the higher level classes are comparable. I took Microbiology at Cinci state community college and its the same teacher and same course as at UC although its a very simplified introduction course it’s still pretty hard. The A & P classes are similar. They are the same classes as a four year university.

        Your first couple of semesters usually are classes like that though where it’s really easy.

        It’s all relative though because a lot of people struggle with the classes even though they are relatively easy.

        • Michael Robert Ryan

          I’m a student in community college and that’s been my experience, too. So far I’ve taken only math classes and I think the the bar has been set reasonably high. It’s only fluff classes like the general education requirements that are dumbed down. And so much the better for that. I’m a STEM major and have no interest in any of that crap and don’t need to know it. The more those classes are dumbed down, the easier they are to to get a good grade in and the less ability they have to hurt my GPA.

          • Raymond Kidwell

            I wouldn’t even call it dumbed down. In high school I dealt with dumbed down. We were given piles of busy work and then given a test based on the same material we learned three years ago. They just keep repeating the same basic things to the kids and they are too dumb to comprehend elementary concepts. In college it was more like just laid back and easy. Usually you take an intro to psychology class. That is usually a lot of fun and the book is really interesting, but the class is pretty easy without a lot of work and easy tests. Usually English Composition is easy except for the large amount of writing they want you to do. But it’s still interesting and fun.

            High school I wanted to kill myself. It was dumbed down to the point that made it really boring. But they also would not let you talk to your friends (get diciplined for talking or squirming or doing anything). Yet the material was so absurdly easy. Then if you just go to sleep in class and still do well on tests half the teachers dicipline you for that as well. The only thing I found I could do is a get a book and read it while the teacher was talking. They presented me with a nearly impossible situation. No matter how well I did on the tests they would force me to sit through redundant and overly simplified lectures and activities, then pile on endless hours of “busy work” that had no purpose. It reminded me of being in a prison where all it did was essentially waste years of your life with no real objective or no real point to it. Then you get a grade based on how many times you wrote your name on a piece of paper, whether you could endure writing the same phrase for four hours or two. If you endured enough busy work they give you an “A” and tell everyone you are a genius. Even though you scored 70% on the test and they just curved the test upward. And also the test was an eighth grade level test and you are in 12th grade.

            And for those of us who couldn’t endure all the busy work we get a C and called dumb. I think the teachers are a little confused as to what the true meaning of intelligence is. Well teachers and students both. It’s a total joke.

            At least in a community college you have some semblance of integrity even if it is quite watered down. I hated high school but love going to college. I guess if I was in “honors” classes or in some real classes in high school I wouldn’t have minded high school, but instead I was in some really dumbed down absurd classrooms.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        I recall getting a 2.1 GPA when in high school for a quarter, which averaged out to be close to a C – …. is the equivalent of a 77….dangerously close to “D” level work.

      • Charles Martel

        A 2.0 average is a “C”

  • A criminology course at Marion Barry College will teach you that:

    When you take out the murders, Washington DC actually has a very low crime rate.

    That course will be taught by a crack staff in a room inside the “B***h Set Me Up” building.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      “Crack” staff is right…

  • They forgot to add: Marion Barry College will not truly be an open admission institution. In order to be admitted, one must have at least one felony on one’s rap sheet.

  • Honoring Marion Barry!? Now what kind of ignorant and low-life people would honor such a corrupt man? . . . Oh, never mind.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    What a great role model for “youth of color,” Marion Barry!

    Did Marion Barry support the U because that is where he bought his drugs?

    The college logo could be a crack pipe and its teams named “The Crackheads”

    Washington DC U will be the “Proud Home of the Crackheads”

    Motto: The B**** Set Me Up!

  • dd121

    Blacks need an improved pool of “heroes” to draw from.

    • Wing-nut.

      Maybe they could name it after Cosby.

      • dd121

        Perfect, he’s never been arrested or convicted of anything. hehe

        • Michigan Patriot

          Not Cosby; he chose mostly White women for his sexual abuse attacks via drugging them first; he be a racist bigot; ” where’s the black women at ” ?

    • IstvanIN

      The men they look up to would embarrass any other group.

      • Michigan Patriot

        Not Satan’s gang !

    • 1stworlder

      The thing is Barry was the best black man available for the job, they couldn’t find anyone better for the pay & benefits

    • Michigan Patriot

      Pretty tall order when their ( gene ) pool consists only of ” cess ” !

  • Rhialto

    After reading the Wiki entry on University of the District of Columbia Community College , I agree with Orange Sr. that renaming it to honor the late Mayor Barry would be most appropriate.

    Afterthought: In fact, a better plan would be to rename Washington, D.C. as Barryville, D.C.

    • Michigan Patriot

      The black ,liberal racists drove out of the D.C. school system an Asian-American woman superintendent ( Rhee )and newly elected black mayor because they wanted to raise standards and get rid of the black dead wood dragging down the whole system; the Marxist community would not stand for this ” racist ‘ improvement.

      • Charles Martel

        She was implicated in a cheating scandal after the yoots in the DC school system were magically able to raise their test scores during her reign. There as a PBS Frontline program called “The Education of Michelle Rhee” that discussed the matter.

  • IstvanIN

    They have a community college as well as four year colleges for Engineering, Agriculture, Business and liberal arts. Too bad they don’t have a Pharmacy college, they could name that one for his honor.

    • NoMosqueHere

      An engineering school? Really? Can you learn how to make a mud hut out of human excrement?

      • IstvanIN

        What do they need with an Ag School in DC?

  • Evette Coutier

    They should rename it Crackhead University after Marion.

    • NoMosqueHere

      I guess the students really “crack” the books.

  • BloodofAlbion75

    I have what I believe to be an excellent suggestion on what to rename the university in question,a name that is entirely befitting of the circumstances surrounding the proposed name-change: The Marion Barry Dindu Nuttin Institute of Lower Learning.

  • John Smith

    I suggest they just open a Pharmacy school in his name.

  • superlloyd

    Tuition free and learning free.

  • Spikeygrrl

    Gee, ya think???


  • Earl P. Holt III

    That “C” average requirement would soon be jettisoned, just like EVERY standard is whenever blacks are involved. (As to naming it after Marion Barry: Have they run out of great heroes? Why not Al Sharpton University…?)

  • De Doc

    Dang! Free for all who maintain 2.0 average? Way to set your goals high.

  • TheMaskedUnit

    I am hard pressed to give a better name to represent our nation’s capital than Marion Barry.

  • Lygeia

    Honestly, could Crackhead Barry even read? This seems like a travesty. Although I like your idea to call it the “Marian Barry Career and Success Academy.”

  • Michigan Patriot

    Subsidized by the “man “; but of course ! The big White patsey.. Who believes racial ( tax ) slavery died a long time ago; just the races have been changed by liberal Marxist bigots.

  • Harry

    “I gots me a degree fom da University of Marion Berry. Weh my gubmint job, cracka?”

  • Ograf

    No doubt it would be a crack operation.

    • IstvanIN

      I am sure you meant crackerjack operation!

      • Ograf

        He is the idiot that got caught smoking crack all the time. Maybe we could call it a crackhead operation. In reality though he din do nuffins.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Free tuition for everyone who gets a 2.0 GPA.? Just code for professors who won’t teach, students who won’t put forth even mediocre effort, but will all get 2.0 anyway due to massive grade inflation so they can get “free” tuition.

    Looks like the white taxapayers are yet again on the hook for this scam.

    • Speedy Steve

      The campus is on Connecticut Avenue in an area that’s getting Whiter by the minute. The campus will be sold to zillionaire developers.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        It doesn’t take a “village.” It takes white people to run something worth being part of.

  • Speedy Steve

    How about Harvey Milk, or the Zodiac Killer?

  • Speedy Steve

    I ran into an old timer who’d once owned a hardware store on 7th Street NW. He knew when Barry — and Paul Berry from 7 On Your Side — were numbers runners for John. I had no clue who John was, but it was John Hechinger (tribesman) who parlayed his illegal gambling earnings into a chain of hardware megastores which did away with neighborhood stores. Hechinger was done in by excess shrinkage from the Georgia Avenue store, and ultimately by Home Depot.

    • All the mom & pop hardware stores in my area are long gone, also thanks to Home Despot. I miss McConnell’s.

  • Paleoconn

    Not Clarence Thomas, not Walter Williams, not Thomas Sowell. But Marion Barry. You can’t fix stupid.