Marion Barry Denigrates “Dirty” Asians


The former D.C. mayor caught with crack-cocaine in a prostitution sting in the 1980s wants to do away with “dirty” Asian businesses.

Marion Barry, who served six months in prison for cocaine possession, celebrated his primary victory in the race for Washington city council by taking a jab at the Asian community.

“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said. “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.”

This is not Barry’s first foray into anti-Asian rhetoric. In 2010, Barry blasted Michelle Rhee, a former D.C. school boss and Korean-American.

“Ms. Rhee comes from a culture … that’s autocratic, a culture that’s dictatorial, a culture of hierarchical in their discussions,” he said.