Marion Barry needs to resign
  • Petitioned Marion Barry

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D.C. Ward 8 Councilman
Marion Barry

Marion Barry needs to resign

    1. Hoiying L
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      Hoiying L

      hacienda heights, CA

When you think of a good councilman, it should be someone that loves all of his people, respects all of his people, and will care for all of his people.  This is not the case with Marion Barry, former Mayor of Washington, D.C., and current City Councilman. At an April 3rd primary victory party celebrating his nomination to serve as representative of Ward 8 in D.C., Barry said:

"We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses, those dirty shops. They ought to go. I’ll just say that right now, you know. But we need African American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too."

Once news organizations confronted him, he refused to back down, blaming the interpretation and expressing no regrets. As the Washington Post's editorial board stated, these remarks are "too outrageous to ignore" and "stirring up racial hatred should never get a pass." 

Marion Barry is a racist, and our society does not need an openly racist Councilman representing any district, and certainly not one in our nation's Capitol.   Marion Barry's statement was spoken out of obvious deep contempt toward Asian Americans in the community he represents.

For these reasons, we demand for Marion Barry to resign immediately. We call upon all Americans -- and particularly Asian Americans -- to sign this petition and let Marion Barry know that his ugly and hateful speech is not acceptable.  Our country and communities need true leaders who can respect other people regardless of their race and ethnicity, and certainly don't need ones who call for the ethnic cleansing of businesses in their district.  

Please join our campaign to demand Marion Barry to resign. Let this be the final straw: being a minority or an immigrant should not be license to be treated like second-class citizen.  

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    • Maribel Orticio FAIRFAX, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      He is a disgrace in the DC office. He denies being a racist but his comment regarding Asians and Filipino nurses are clear signs of racial discrimination. How come he did not say anything about the African/non-Asian nurses working in DC hospitals? We all know that nurses from the Philippines are one of the best breed of nurses; hardworking, caring, smart w/ good judgement, honest and I could go on and on, unlike Barry who is a documented drug addict, incompetent mayor-DC having high crime rate during his time, poor housing and poverty all over. I am calling to his doctor to check him out. He seems to be either pre-Alzheimer that he is getting more demented or his brain on drugs or both. He really needs to be checked out.

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    • L Garvin GROTON, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      It's outrageous that a public official could demean those who are bringing much needed services to the community. It is particularly heinous because he is using race as a factor for his tirade. I was not surprised, having been outraged by his past behavior that made our nation's capitol look like Clown City. D.C. needs to be cleaned out and cleaned up, starting now.

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    • Hoiying L HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Justice needs to be served

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