Marion Barry Calls Poles “Polacks” as He Apologized to Koreans and Filipinos for Racially Insensitive Comments

DC Citycouncilman and Former Mayor Marion Barr...

Marion Barry Calls Poles "Polacks" as He Apologized to Koreans and Filipinos for Racially Insensitive Comments (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) stepped up his campaign to mend relations with the Korean and Filipino community for disparaging comments he made, noting that the U.S. has “had racial tensions since it was founded” and may have put his foot in his mouth again saying:  “The Irish caught hell, the Jews caught hell, the Polacks caught hell.”

Um, Polacks? Isn’t that a derogatory name for Poles? Barry denied using the term “Polacks” when  he was first asked about putting his foot in his mouth. He then retracted it saying, “I meant Poles.” Could someone please tell Marion Barry to STFU? Why do the people in his district continue to elect this fool?

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.