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It’s nothing new for D.C.’s “mayor-for-life” Marion Barry to win an election. But after winning Washington’s Council Ward 8 primary, it may be the first time he has angered the Asian American community.
“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops … They ought to go,” Barry said Tuesday night, after winning his primary. “I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”
Barry has since apologized via Twitter and said the remarks were taken out of context – but not before tweeting several pictures of Asian American businesses and making disparaging remarks, Politico reports.
“These are the kinds of businesses that need 2 improve.We’ve cleaned up Ward8 in so many ways & most businesses r good,” Barry tweeted.
“I’m very sorry for offending the Asian American community,” read one tweet.
“I admit, I could and should have said it differently,” read another.
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From Politico’s report:
The comments go counter to Barry’s claim on his D.C. Councilmember biography, that he stands for “always advocating for economic inclusion – on behalf of African Americans, women, Hispanics, Asians and Pacific Islanders.”