He then called Polish people, Pollacks which might lead him to a new problem. This is the best part about this is they republished the “Marion Barry playbook” from the Washington Post The Asian tempest, you must understand, has been a mini-version of Barry’s various other public cycles of infamy and redemption. They go something like this: 1. Make a mistake. 2. Say you were misunderstood or taken out of context. Alternately, offer other excuses. 3. Give apology-of-sorts, saying sorry for giving “offense” or taking partial responsibility while deflecting full accountability. 4. Endure ongoing public rebuke. 5. Complete cycle by begging forgiveness in friendly territory — more often than not, in a church.
Marion Barry visits a store and makes what sounds like more backhanded comments. He visited the wrong store. Peter Cho is the VP of the Korean American Grocers Association who said his piece and basically said Marion Barry isn’t sorry. (Washington Post – Marion Barry)
It really could be a tiny bit out of context. Yes, Asian shops can be dirty, but so are plenty of others. Yet, he singled out Asians. That bastard. He also said: “A number of these restaurants serve high caloric food, bad food, et cetera, but the more important thing, they don’t participate in the community…That’s what I object to, I don’t care who it is.” (Politco – Marion) Doesn’t serving food and people showing up to eat it serve a community?
The DC Council Seat holder makes a comment: “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.” Asian business are plenty dirty. As many say, the dirtier, the tastier. A clean one is suspect. Right? A cleaner shop is generally better, but Mr Barry, are African American shops cleaner? Is dirtier, tastier? Does it matter? It’s an “oops” by a guy who has had his share of making Oops. All we recall is his comment that went something like, “That Bitch, she set me up” (Washington Post –...