Barry was referring to Asians business owners. Just after his victory in the primary to retain his Ward 8 council seat in Washington DC, grandpa Barry grumbled in his old-man voice:
We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go. I just tell you that right now, you know. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.
Eerily, some in the crowd clapped and cheered but who knows what they actually were able to make out from Barry’s complaining rant.
Barry sought to clarify his meaning today on everyone’s favorite apology platform, Twitter:
My comments were taken out of context and construed as disparaging 2 entire Asian biz community. We DO deserve our bizs t/b nice places in W8.
Right. How could anyone have misconstrued the part where he said, “We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops”? I’m sure he just meant we need to go a mop and bucket and help with some spring cleaning, right?
And that part about African-Americans “taking their place?” He just meant that Asians needed some time off, a vac-asian, if you will. No biggie. What’s all the fuss? He’s not a racist asshat. He’s just a thoughtful, well-meaning …
Okay, no, he’s a racist asshat.