Marion Barry Thanks Filipino Nurses, Insults Polish Community

So remember how former Washington DC mayor/current councilman Marion Barry had an issue with “dirty Asian shops” and then beefed with Filipino nurses?

It appears he had a change of heart last week when, after being afflicted with a blood clot in Las Vegas, he was looked after by some Filipino nurses.

Hurray! Adobo and lumpia for everybody, right?

Not so fast.

A few days later, when addressing issues of diversity in his home ward in a city council meeting, he said “The Irish caught hell, the Jews caught hell, the Polacks caught hell…. We want Ward 8 to be the model of diversity.”

That sound you hear is the sound of my head slamming repeatedly against my desk.

Well, at least he retracted the statement later, saying “I meant Poles.”

Baby steps, Mr. Barry, baby steps.

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