Marion Barry: “Too Many Asians” own businesses

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Marion Barry
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According to WAMU’s Elahe Izadi, on Election night, Marion Barry made disparaging remarks about Asian-owned businesses in his ward, and put emphasis on replacing them with African-American-owned businesses:

“We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses, those dirty shops. They ought to go, I’ll just say that right now, you know,” he told a group of supporters on Tuesday. “But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”

The remarks are confounding to just about everyone. Mediaite has picked up comments from the Mayor and the President of the Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce.

Remember, DC: this guy’s here until he’s dead. And probably another term after that.

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