Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Half-Apologizes for Racist Remarks About Asians

Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Half-Apologizes for Racist Remarks About Asians

After his comments about Asian business-owners in his community - "we got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops," - former Washington D.C. mayor, current Councilman, and former crack-smoker Marion Barry is in a bit of hot water. As in, a lot, because that was an awful thing for him to say.

He's now come out and apologized for his remarks, though he's done it in the most half-assed, insincere way possible. According to the New York Daily News:

"I want to express my deep apology for offending some members of the Asian community and the D.C. community," he told The Associated Press. "I have a solid record of relationships with the Asian community."

He's not finished though. In a statement, he continued to defend his comments, saying:

"Ward 8 residents are spending their hard-earned dollars in these stores because they are the only stores in the immediate neighborhoods; my constituents want respect, too," he said in a statement. "It is to these less-than-stellar Asian-American businessmen in Ward 8 that my remarks were directed."

So, basically, you're sorry...but not sorry at all? Just making sure.

[via New York Daily News]

Tags: marion-barry, racism
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