D.C. Council member Marion Barry yesterday stepped up his campaign to mend relations with Asians, apologizing again for disparaging remarks he made about Koreans and Filipinos, and pledging to work to improve ties between them and African Americans.
Yet on his way toward racial harmony, Barry (D-Ward 8) committed another faux pas and presided over a sometimes raucous community meeting at which African Americans repeated complaints about the way Koreans maintain carryout shops…
“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.”
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