Marion Barry doesn’t seem like he’s willing to apologize for the remarks he made about Asians being “dirty” and wanting to cast them out of the District. However, Barry lives in a bastion of liberalism, so it is likely that he will be politically unharmed by his racial remarks. He says that “dirty Asian” is not a racial term. If that is the truth, then is “dirty Mexican” a not a racial term either? I guess in Marion Barry’s crack-induced Candy Land, singling out certain ethnic/racial groups and calling them “dirty” is not racial at all. It’s fact . . . or something. You know, past political leaders felt the same way concerning policy decisions based on racial terms. However, I found it hard to understand what they were saying because everything was in German and I hate black and white movies.
When pressed on the matter, Barry prevaricated like the archetypal liberal. He said,
“there’s a cultural difference between a number of ethnic groups whether it’s Hispanics or whether it’s Asian or white people . . . there is a cultural difference because of our socialization, because of our segregation, discrimination . . . all of this adds to it and affects every aspect of our life.”
I was thinking the exact same thing. What does race have to do with anything? Asians operate in black neighborhoods, so there is plenty of “socialization,” Mr. Barry. You can’t operate a business without talking to people. As I stated in a previous post, out of the 2,000 businesses damaged during the LA riots, the majority of them were operated by Korean-Americans. Yes, there are cultural differences due to past customs of humility and modesty. It’s not because of segregation.
I think Marion Barry must have been in a crack-induced haze the first time he made those remarks, and during this interview with Reason TV. He says “The fact is that 95 percent of the carry-outs in Ward 8 are owned or managed by Asians. So I’m finished with that.” How does that justify “throwing” Asians out of the D.C. area? How does that make takeout places operated by Asians “dirty?” What have we ever done to you, Marion Barry?
I think the answer is pure envy. I mean, what else can explain such a ridiculous exercise in stupidity? Perhaps Mr. Barry is so mad he can’t make a mean General Tso’s chicken, therefore, no one can profit from its culinary deliciousness. However, Asians have an arsenal of tasty goodies including spicy kimchi, miso soup, spicy tuna rolls, lo mein (chicken, beef, pork, or vegetable), scallion pancakes, pu pu platters, chow mein, bok choy, dumplings (fried or steamed), a variety of amazing sauces, moo shu pork, and the delectable moo goo gai pan. I guess Barry thought that these culinary dishes and the people who make them were threats to the black community that just could not be ignored. However, as a Korean-American, I can vouch that this was never meant to attack the dynamics within the black community. In fact, I believe Asians, as most in America trying to make a living, decided it would be a good idea to cook the food that they loved and sell it to willing customers. They were trying to take a stab at a thing called capitalism. I guess that does make them “dirty” for working hard and trying to accomplish the American dream, but for now, I’ll just eat my moo shu pork. It’s SO GOOD.