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Marion Barry stands by remark that Asian businesses ‘ought to go’ from Ward 8
Washington Post ^ | 04/05/2012 | Mike DeBonis

Posted on 04/05/2012 11:34:04 AM PDT by grundle

Marion Barry is mostly refusing to back down from remarks Tuesday that Asian business owners in his ward “ought to go.”

Barry made the comments Tuesday night, at a party celebrating his landslide victory in the Democratic primary race for the D.C. Council seat he’s held since 2005.

WRC-TVcameras caught the remarks: “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. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”

Since then, outrage has mounted. One Facebook page appeared Wednesday, demanding that Barry apologize to the Asian community. By 1 p.m., it had more than 72 “likes.” One of his D.C. Council colleagues, Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), took to Twitter late Wednesday to decry the remarks as “deplorable.” Five suburban Maryland lawmakers of Asian descent — Democratic delegates Sam Arora, Kumar Barve, Susan Lee, Aruna Miller and Kris Valderrama — also called on Barry to apologize.

“At best, Mr. Barry’s attack on Asian Americans is deeply troubling, and at worst it is race baiting,” they said in a statement.

Asked why he singled out Asians in his remarks, Barry said, “Because that’s reality. Who owns these little restaurants? Who owns them? You know, Asians. . .Ninety percent of all the small restaurants in Ward 8, at least.”

He added, “We’re spending our money there, and we demand respect. We demand they participate in community affairs. We demand they give jobs to Ward 8 people regardless of their cultural situation. That’s as American as apple pie.”

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: District of Columbia
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1 posted on 04/05/2012 11:34:07 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle
Marion Barry stands by remark that Asian businesses ‘ought to go’ from Ward 8

Do you think there might be a small, tiny little chance that he could possibly be a racist?

2 posted on 04/05/2012 11:39:11 AM PDT by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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To: grundle

suburban Maryland lawmakers of Asian descent — Democratic delegates Sam Arora, Kumar Barve, Susan Lee, Aruna Miller and Kris Valderrama — also called on Barry to apologize.

Too rich


3 posted on 04/05/2012 11:39:18 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Tawana Brawley, Anita Hill, King Rodney, OJ, Duke Lacrosse, Thugvon Martin. See a pattern?)
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To: grundle

They getting too “uppity” Barry?


4 posted on 04/05/2012 11:39:46 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: grundle

Gee, Mr.Barry, those Asian small business owners are there because they’re willing to take risks, which it appears black small business owner’s are not willing to take on.

As for hiring Ward 8 residents to work in their businesses, perhaps it is because few if any residents apply for jobs, and when they do and are hired, do not show up for work regularly.

Of course, you could do the right thing Mr.Barry, and ask those Asian small business owners why they do not hire Ward 8 residents, but I suspect you can’t handle the truth.


5 posted on 04/05/2012 11:39:54 AM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: grundle
After they leave he can say "his people" live in a "food desert" because of racism.

Their racism.

6 posted on 04/05/2012 11:40:23 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: grundle

Is it that these Asian-owned business don’t sell drugs in their back rooms or in the bathrooms, and Barry has to go such a long way to get his supplies? Or that Asian women
who work in these little businesses won’t date him?


7 posted on 04/05/2012 11:41:16 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: Mark17

I ask him WTF?


8 posted on 04/05/2012 11:43:36 AM PDT by allmost
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To: grundle
"Asked why he singled out Asians in his remarks, Barry said, “Because that’s reality. Who owns these little restaurants? Who owns them? You know, Asians. . .Ninety percent of all the small restaurants in Ward 8, at least.” So if the 'reality' is that most kids doing poorly at school and later committing crimes are of a particular group, is it racist to point that out?
9 posted on 04/05/2012 11:46:06 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: grundle
We’re spending our money there, and we demand respect.
You have to demand it because you and your ilk never earned it.
10 posted on 04/05/2012 11:46:41 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: grundle

Well, Barry, in the spirit of infantile rhymes, of the type that helped free the doubler murderer Simpson, and so preferred by your arrogantly racist demographic, when it comes to honestly productive “Asians”:

EMULATE, do not eliminate.


11 posted on 04/05/2012 11:47:43 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: grundle

Barry should clarify: He meant “White Asians”, like “White Hispanics”.


12 posted on 04/05/2012 11:48:44 AM PDT by magellan
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To: allmost

That’s the Zimbabwe way ,didn’t work out very well


13 posted on 04/05/2012 11:51:50 AM PDT by molson209
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To: grundle
Gotta get them interlopers out of our neighborhood.

Hey! That's my line! Al Sharpton (He got Freddy's Fashion Mart out of the brothers' neighborhood -- and about five white people off this planet!)

14 posted on 04/05/2012 11:52:56 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: grundle

Barry is a clown, but Asians generally don’t hire outside their own race or culture. There may be perfectly good reasons not to, but I get tired of hearing about the employment that immigrants supposedly bring to America. It’s more like a chain migration family affair.


15 posted on 04/05/2012 11:52:59 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: grundle

No one has ever asked the “diversity” if they celebrate “diversity.”


16 posted on 04/05/2012 11:56:19 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: All
Look at the bright side, Barry.

These Asian folks will be chargin' high prices and cheatin' your brothers -- just like the white folks have done.

Then like the 1960s when your brothers loot those stores the media will tell everybody they just gettin' their layaway items those high prices paid for. No crime. Just day-to-day retail stuff. You'll come out ahead of the game, man.

17 posted on 04/05/2012 12:02:54 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: grundle
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“Because that’s reality."

Mr. Barry, you REALLY dont want to start a dialog about reality. Demanding respect when there is nothing there TO respect and demanding that jobs be "given" based on race is not "American as apple pie."

But then again Mr. Barry, you have never impressed people with your displays of vast intellect.

What people HAVE seen is loser, failure and racist.

In short a run of the mill donk.

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18 posted on 04/05/2012 12:09:13 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: grundle

This from the Crack head , Cannot pay taxes...Scumbag.


19 posted on 04/05/2012 12:19:24 PM PDT by ustanker (You can't reach the unreachable!)
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To: grundle

In Barry World, the only people of value are those that can jump and shoot hoops, oh, and loot.


20 posted on 04/05/2012 12:24:36 PM PDT by crosshairs (As long as there is evil, "Coexist" is impossible.)
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To: Amberdawn
Asians generally don’t hire outside their own race or culture. There may be perfectly good reasons not to..

There are. In Asia, an employee is expected to shut up and do what he or she is told. That isn't likely to work with anyone who looks like Obama's Son. :)

21 posted on 04/05/2012 12:33:08 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: grundle

It’s because the Asian merchants do business through plexiglas shields to avoid getting robbed and shot. That has a depressing effect on the neighborhood business of armed robbery. It’s not fair, no justice. The young men in the area just can’t get ahead.


22 posted on 04/05/2012 1:10:31 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Mark17

“Do you think there might be a small, tiny little chance that he could possibly be a racist?”

I don’t blame him for lashing out at one of the groups white America has brought in to replace the blacks (not that it will do him any good). While white America has paid a price for the influx of imported “replacement Americans” from Asia and Latin America in terms of wage suppression and job security, black America has been made irrelevant and invisible by them.


23 posted on 04/05/2012 1:54:16 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Amberdawn

“Barry is a clown, but Asians generally don’t hire outside their own race or culture. There may be perfectly good reasons not to, but I get tired of hearing about the employment that immigrants supposedly bring to America. It’s more like a chain migration family affair.”

You’re right about that; Asians were imported to suppress wages in the tech sector specifically, via a fabricated shortage of tech workers. Even storefront tech shops in my area are Asian-owned and solely staffed by Asians; I don’t think they even reach out for American business (their signs are in Asian characters). While many are hardworking people, the benefits of bringing them in do not outweigh the costs to the American tech industry. Many of their businesses are unregistered and untaxed, and they really do just “keep it in the family”; there is no contribution to the larger picture.

Even after watching them end many Americans’ careers in the tech sector, Bill gates had the gall to complain that American kids don’t go into computers any more; he had threatened to move jobs to Asia & Canada if he wasn’t given his indentured servants, and when he was (I’m sure he preferred US law to protect him instead of India’s or Red China’s) he acts as though nobody noticed what happened...


24 posted on 04/05/2012 2:01:29 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: SatinDoll

“As for hiring Ward 8 residents to work in their businesses, perhaps it is because few if any residents apply for jobs, and when they do and are hired, do not show up for work regularly.”

We both know these jobs aren’t open to white Americans, either; they get around a lot of labor laws by employing related minors, and a lot of tax laws (income & payroll) by hiring friends & family.


25 posted on 04/05/2012 2:03:44 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: grundle

Far be it for me to defend Barry or his EBT constituency (who’s money are they spending?) but I’ve been on the receiving end of Korean “customer service” in some of these stores and eateries and I can see his point. The worst of them are in those DC neighborhoods and should know what they are dealing with. They’d never survive in the ‘burbs with the attitudes I’ve seen. That Seinfeld episode with the Korean salon wasn’t totally off the mark.


26 posted on 04/05/2012 2:16:16 PM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: grundle

My guess is that Asian restaurants don’t have quick service crack shops in the rear.


27 posted on 04/06/2012 2:22:04 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: grundle

First the blacks chase the businesses out, then complain that there are no businesses in black neighborhoods.


28 posted on 04/06/2012 2:32:04 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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