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Marion Barry on Ghettos, New and Old

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Ex-Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry in 2009.(Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO)

“When the Jews were being herded into ghettos of Poland, nobody minded that term,” Barry said in an interview Thursday, explaining his remark about Ward 8 being a ghetto. “They said, ‘this is a Jewish ghetto. This is a Polish ghetto for Jews.’ … If you look at the meaning of the ghetto, it’s both sociological and geographical.”

-“Another Battle for Marion Barry,” The Washington Post.

(H/t Scroll D.C. politics correspondent David Klion who notes that while one of the 13 members of the D.C. Council is Jewish, the primary challenger in Ward 4 is one Max Skolnik and the good-goverment challenger to one-time mayoral candidate Vincent Orange is one Peter Shapiro).

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Mike says:

Apparently, Barry knows absolutely nothing about the history of ghettos. By his thought process, the use of the “N” word is perfectly OK, since in the past, he would think it was considered OK by all.

BTW, how does Peter Shapiro pronounce his last name? Long I =s true DCer. The “other” way, he is a carpetbagger.

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