1. Divided Community

    Marion Barry Slams Asian Businesses

    FILE - In this July 9, 2011 file photo, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, right, listens as DC Council member and former Washington Mayor Marion Barry speaks during a Ward 8 Community Summit in Washington. Barry, the former four-term District of Columbia mayor whose legacy will always be tainted by his 1990 arrest after being caught on video smoking crack cocaine in an FBI sting operation, now plays the role of elder statesman on the D.C. Council, where he represents a poor, predominantly black ward.  (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

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    Following his victory in the D.C. Council's Ward 8 primary election Tuesday night, Marion Barry said, “We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” according to a video posted by WRC-TV/NBC 4. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to take their places, too.” Responding to backlash against his words, Barry’s Twitter account tweeted photos of several Asian restaurants insisting he meant that “WE can do a better job. I do NOT disparage the Asian community, but the fact is there r some bizs that can do better!”

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