Loose Lips

Asian Groups Launch “Say Sorry Barry Campaign”

Life continues to be difficult for former Mayor-for-Life/Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, who recently lamented the high number of Filipino nurses a few weeks after complaining about Asian-American restaurateurs'  "dirty shops."

Philippines Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. is irked enough to put out a statement. The guy who beat Barry at the Democrat's delegation vote thinks Barry needs to talk to immigrants more often. And a coalition of Asian-American groups has launched a campaign seeking an apology.

The campaign's name (and website domain): Say Sorry Barry.

The councilmember isn't answering his phone and his voicemail, as always, is full.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

  • Drez

    Maybe hit him on twitter?

  • gitchafaxstr8

    SAY SORRY FOR WHAT?????
    THE FEW NURSES I'VE HAD TO DEAL WITH FROM THAT CULTURE ARE ARROGANT AND DISRESPECTFUL. THE STORIES I COULD TELL, BUT I DON'T WANT TO BE LATE FOR THE MAYOR'S BUDGET TOWN HALL MEETING. MAYBE LATER.

    HANG IN THERE MR. BARRY, YOU'VE DONE A LOT FOR THE ASIAN COMMUNITY AND THEY SHOULD REMEMBER THAT. ENCOURAGE AFRICAN AMERICANS TO STUDY HARDER AS THE ASIAN CULTURE ENCOURAGES THEIR OFFSPRING. ENCOURAGE THE AFRICAN AMERICANS TO BECOME LEGITIMATE BUSINESS OWNERS, ESPECIALLY THE ONES WHO HAVE THAT SPIRIT ALREADY. IF SOME OF THEM AREN'T IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ALREADY, THEY COULD USE THOSE ENTREPRENURIAL SKILLS TO DO BETTER FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES LEGALLY. PUSH IT MR. BARRY, DON'T EVER APOLOGIZE FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
    BUT I DON'T HAVE TO OFFER YOU ANY ADVICE SIR, CAUSE YOU DA MAN. (EVEN IF I WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU WORK MORE IN SYNC WITH THE SITTING MAYOR. TOGETHER YOU COULD FORGE SOMETHING SPECTACULAR FOR WASHINGTON, DC AND ITS CITIZENS.

  • meowmao

    Dear str8git,

    Hmm I am confident that your unfortunately sour experience with Filipino nurses is not a universal one, nor should it be reason enough to judge the entire culture. The fact that you yourself can justify Mr. Barry's actions as well as slander "that culture" after only encountered "a few nurses" highlights your own arrogance and disrespect. And ignorance. What Mr. Barry said is not okay. I understand he was trying to encourage the African American community, however by stepping on other communities to succeed is not a glorious nor self-fulfilling path. He should have known better.

    2 + 2 = 4, It's common sense why he needs to apologize.

  • DC

    TAKE THE CAPS LOCK OFF AND YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AND MAYBE YOU COULD SEE THE BLATANT DISCRIMINATION BEING SPEWED OUT THIS MORON'S MOUTH EVERY CHANCE HE GETS. No group should ever be scapegoated for the problems of a city.

  • OC

    While we agree that investment in education & workforce development is vital to growing the economy. His statement singling out "a few nurses" of "that culture" was unnecessary and not helpful to providing an actual solution. We are all live in the District, we are looking for solutions to enhance our quality of life in the District that will benefit everyone living here.

  • Drez

    @git
    No one could fault CM Barry for saying we need to uplift someone.
    But everyone should fault him for stepping all over someone else in doing so.

  • http://btolson1@verizonnet.com Susan

    Mayor Barry does not CARE if people talk negatively about him of subject matters that he speaks the TRUTH of. Hell EVERYONE knows that Asian fast food restaurants are nasty. Its disgraceful how they pass your food through a bullet proof window.

    If Vince Gray was any kind of Mayor he should have called the health department to investigate Barrys accusations. Spineless Gray just sits back and says nothing of these fastfood places terrible conditions CITYWIDE.

    The Asian community should apologize to all of US not just Blacks, Whites, Latinos anyone who is subjected to these places.

  • Laila

    @Susan

    That is the most ridiculous remark. If there aren't people buying and eating the "nasty fast food" then there wouldn't be any of these restaurants. Second, it's wrong to single out Asians for being the only ones that make the neighborhood dirty and nasty.

  • JJ

    For the people of the 8 ward who voted for Barry and who support this politco blunder of using bigotry statements against another race to boost another race up, shame on you.
    You voted a committed crackhead to office thinking his moral compass represent your views better than you can. "Come on..a Crack HEAD! Really a Crack head! That's where you're betting all your chips on " -(Dave Chappel Voice). Barry tells black people to open up more business. Well you know this is a free country, you're free to open a business whenever and where ever you please. No one stopping you, there's no invisible barrier. Cause the reality of it comes down to the people who do open up these business are hard workers and has the entrepreneur's mindset. I guess they just happen to be of Asian decent in this case. Look..all I'm saying is don't be a bigot and give into his hype. It's just divisive tactic Barry uses to stir up his bigoted supporters. Don't be that guy!

  • 2muchtrooth4U

    I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING INTELLIGENT TO SAY ABOUT THIS TOPIC, BUT I FIND THAT WHEN I AM COMPLETELY UNINFORMED ABOUT SOMETHING ON THE INTERNET, KEEPING THE CAPS LOCK ON FOR MY ENTIRE POST MAKES UP FOR MY UTTER STUPIDITY. AND I'M NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR IT. OR FOR MARION BARRY. IF Y'ALL HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY IGNORANCE, OR WITH MY OVERUSE OF CAPS LOCK, OR WITH MARION BARRY, YOU CAN JUST DEAL WITH IT. BECAUSE I KEEP IT REAL. YAY FOR MARION BARRY, AND YAY FOR CAPS LOCK. GOT IT????????????????
    (I ALSO LIKE TO USE LOTS OF QUESTION MARKS. AND EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  • Harley

    And by doing that - caps and crazy responses, does not make you popular or look educated either - so you are not proving anything.
    Barry is the same as well. His ignorance and disrespectful to asians especially to nurses who took care of hin while he needed the care is beyond anyone's imagination. Someone said in this blog - no one stops anyone to go to school or open any kind of business. Just do it but don't blame other cultures who are educated and hard working. We are all immigrants here. Blacks too. Remember? How did you get here in the american soil?

  • str8gitkantspel

    oh snap shit just got real! dont be that guy, git. wrong is wrong. if you can't understand what's going on or have anything intelligent to say, then your blind support for Barry is a really sad reflection on the kind of supporters he has... this is not about your pride or barry's pride, this is about dignity and mutual respect of all dc residents. love for your own race only leaves.... marion barry.

  • GG

    gitchafaxstr8 and susan my friends, you are embarrassing "da man"... or maybe he'll be pleased his supporters know just as little as he does so he'll feel smarter.

  • NE John

    tick tock tick tock

    one more racist generation to go

  • gitchafaxstr8

    @2much #10 & gitcan'tspell #12: Are u 2 the same?
    Don't understand your comments so can't respond except to say MB has nothing to apologize for. The things that are said about African Americans on this blog (and universally) are so egregious that what DA MAN said about the nurses is innocuous. Its interesting to see so many people defend immigrants for their poor behavior and then turn around and denigrate officials who were elected to serve the citizens of DC. Unless I'm wrong, all of the officeals are natural born US citzens. The losers must be much more vociferous than the winners. The Asian culture is ARROGANT for the most part. They are more so than a lot of Whites who are at least natural born citizens.

    Go to the Phillipines, China, Japan, Mongonlia, Hell, any where and try to say the things I read on the blog about any of their officials. Go there and try to disrespect any of their citizens. Go there and try to be elected to an office.

    THAT SHIT WILL NOT HAPPEN. AND IF IT'S SO BAD HERE, THEN THEY SHOULD ALL GO THE FUCK BACK HOME AND LET US DEAL WITH OUR MARION BARRY'S AND OTHER DYSFUNCTIONAL POLITICIANS. LET THE FILIPINO NURSES BUY SHOES, OR EAT CAKE.

  • gitchafaxstr8

    Damn LL & MM: Somebody go on back to Mexico or sumpin'.
    I was enjoying the lact of moderation. Are you two #'s 10 and 12 or something?

  • Race Matters

    Race stll matters to Marion Barry. The poor man is senile and old.

  • NC

    @git:
    "The things that are said about African Americans on this blog"

    Such as? And one person's shitty behavior doesn't excuse anothers. Didn't your parents raise you to know better?

  • na

    Here is a secret: Mariion Barry For Mayor.

    haha haha haha. Or to the informed lol lol.

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