Divided Community

Marion Barry Slams Asian Businesses

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!”