Washington’s former mayor
Archie Bunker Marion Barry can’t open his mouth without sticking his foot in it. In apologizing for his “dirty Asian shops” crack, he muddied the narrative:
At a news conference after the meeting, Barry and several Asian American leaders sought to present a united front, saying that the dialogue is an important step toward defusing long-standing tension between blacks and Asians. Asked about the underlying sources of the conflict, Barry said the United States “has had racial tensions since it was founded.”
“The Irish caught hell, the Jews caught hell, the Polacks caught hell,” Barry said, invoking a word that Polish people have viewed as disparaging. “We want Ward 8 to be the model of diversity.”
BTW, Ward 8 in the District of Columbia is 94 percent black, so it’ll need a lot more “Polacks” to be a model of diversity.