Marion Barry doubles down on 'dirty' Asian shop comments; update: tripling down?

As Twitchy noted this morning, Councilman Marion Barry stated during his Tuesday night victory speech, “we got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go.” With the story receiving considerable attention today, Barry is now defending himself on Twitter. Barry believes that his comments were taken out of context and, he claims, he was only referring to certain Asian business owners. He even tweeted out pictures of the businesses he doesn’t like.

Example of 'dirty' Asian-owned business

Another 'dirty' Asian-owned business

He then urged the owners of the businesses he spotlighted to join the “Ward8 Renaissance” which was, of course, a complete reversal from his earlier demand that the Asian owners be forced out and replaced with “African-American business people.”

He then attacked those who found his statements hateful and vile.

Apparently Barry feels that he is the real victim in all of this. Somehow his comments that Asian business owners “ought to go” were not the least bit racist and are just being used by outsiders to try and smear the residents of Ward 8. It was all just another set up as the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein mockingly points out.

Finally, it is worth asking whether Asians have a monopoly on “dirty” Ward 8 businesses.

The mayor of Washington DC, Vincent Gray, tweets that he is “deeply disappointed” by Barry’s comments.

Barry now says he is “very sorry.” Not really, though:

Another “apology.” He acknowledges he could have said things differently, but he’s sticking to the story that his comments were “taken out of context.” He is now using race-neutral language — “W8 carryouts,” “food places in Ward8,” “some stores”  — rather than “‘dirty’ Asian-owned businesses.”

Here he seems to be tripling down:

And he’s still going…

  • Dave Gonzalez

    If you don’t like the businesses, don’t do business with them! The free market should take care of that, not a corrupt politician on crack. No one needs another cracked out gov’t tyrant telling anyone how to run our lives, whether it be our business lives or personal lives!

  • jonolan

    Funny, those look just like most of the stores in my neighborhood, Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn.

    This boy, Barry, should drag his ass up to my hood and tell the brothas there to clean up their shops and take down the plexiglass (actually, here it’s Lexan and thick enough to stop small-arms fire)

    What’s left of him can be sent back to W8 over the course of a few weeks. 😉

  • moneymack

    im positive you eat there, Michey..

  • Eric_Mc

    A post office I use in Berkeley, CA also has plexiglass barriers. Of course, these are to help prevent armed robberies and they usually go up after the fact to prevent MORE robberies. If Mayor Barry had done something about the crime in these neighborhoods, then he would have something to gripe about.

  • holygoat

    Bitch set him up…

  • cwize

    Visit Detroit, Marion. You’ll shut up and go back to crack.

  • marine37

    YO Barry, we may not live in DC but we the rest of this country, pay for the running of your toilet called the District of Columbia.   Why don’t you clean up the drug business in your little piece of utopia.  Oh yeah, you happen to be a user!
    America in my opinion can do without two things.  The United Nations in New York and the District of Columbia.  How people with glass houses love to throw stones. 

  • submandave

    “I am very sorry my comments were sensationalized & really did offend people”

    IOW: I’m sorry people other than my supporters and fellow racists heard about what I said and that you’re too bigoted to realize that I’m right.

  • X_Navy_SWO

    Plexiglass storefronts are better than stores with nothing but a “For Lease” sign in the window.  Be glad your neighborhood isn’t hemorrhaging businesses like mine, Mr Barry!

  • Bernie Maq

    Though he should’ve broaden this to black owned businesses, his comments were suspect and he needs to clarify what he meant for those who were offended. Other races do think they can come into predominately black and latino communities and not aleast have a better standard of service. Keep the plexiglass up, but let the area inside and out be a little more presentable. This was taken way out of context due to the fact that what he said wasn’t meant for ears outside of the community he services. Does it make it any better? Hell no. But what do people in your community say about other communities behind closed doors? Not defending the dude, I am just saying. Dude was on crack true enough, but I expect nothing less for people to remind you of your past continuously. This had nothing to do with drugs. Conditions are the focus of his tweets. Asian businesses don’t always hire from the predominately black community they service. Everyone can do a better job.

    • chetforlife

       asians know who the hard workers are and are not.  and Ward 8 may have a few but not enough

  • CrypticSound

    What a tool. I rather have an Asian run store any day of the week. We don’t feel sorry for ourselves and leach off the government from generation to generation. We move here and find our own way to fit in and we lift ourselves up in our own boot straps. That’s the American way. Racist prick.

  • Joan Of Argghh!

    So, all those health inspectors are useless? How much sweet sinecure are they pulling down from the common weal?  What are all their reports for?  If a place is sub-par, you shut ’em down. (Except, they probably pay their ward aldermen a pretty penny to look the other way.)

    Somewhere, some footling satrap needs to get fired by the Mayor. Or else, it’s just so much racism.

  • OSweet

    Does MB really think the store owners themselves wouldn’t also prefer to have no plexiglass between them and their customers if the neighborhood was safe enough to do so, if the neighborhood was less crime-ridden?
    How come the ethnic Asian store owners where I live (Orange County, CA) don’t have plexiglass between them and their customers?

  • weRbroke

    As the twitter spray unfolds, I keep having the same visual.

    In the center of the room is a flaming bag of dogschit…called Barry.  No one in the room wants to stomp out the fire and get Barry on their foot.

    So the bag burns on…and on…and on.

    • Larry James Dungan

      there are two of those “flaming Bags”, one of them is in the WHITE HOUSE , Both really stink!

  • Rocky

    Gee, weren’t the liberal bitching about racism for the past few weeks?

  • Joel

    I am guessing that any tweet with the word “Renaissance” spelled correctly was written by someone other than Barry…

  • kwGa

    Why is Barry even allowed in office! He’s a dope head and should be out of office permanently!

  • tinker_thinker

    Keep your nose clean Mr Berry!


     IF it wasn’t for the Asian community the inner city ghetto thugs wouldn’t have anywhere to spend their EBT card money.

    I didn’t think ole crackhead Barry was even relevant any longer?

  • GregorMandelbaum

    As long as people are stupid enough to keep voting for people like Barry they will get what they deserve.  As for the barriers, I’m sure the business owners don’t like them, would rather save the money by not installing them, but have no choice due to local crime rates and the certainty that, sooner or later, without barriers, they will be robbed at gunpoint and maybe killed.