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Marion Barry…University?

D.C. council member Vincent B. Orange wants the University of the District of Columbia to be renamed in honor of former D.C. mayor and political heavyweight Marion Barry. That’s the same Marion Barry who was caught smoking crack in a hotel room in 1990 (he eventually was sent to prison on a possession charge) and who in 2012, at the time a city councilman, said, “We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. We need African-American businesspeople to take their place.” 

Councilman Orange, however, is apparently willing to overlook Marion’s checkered history and racist comments. “Marion Barry is an individual who should be properly honored, but also should be studied, should be researched, just like you would with Ronald Reagan or [George W.] Bush,” he said. 

Read more about Orange’s proposal in this Washington Post story. 

Jesse SaffronJesse Saffron is a writer and editor for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, a North Carolina-based think tank dedicated to improving higher education in the Tar ...


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