Black People Politics : Marion Barry's remarks on Filipino nurses draw criticism


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Apr 23, 2012
D.C. Councilman Marion Barry is once again embroiled in controversy, this time for remarks criticizing local hospitals for hiring Filipino nurses instead of D.C. residents. This comes just one month after the former D.C. mayor came under fire over racist comments he made about Asian businesses.

At a hearing, the Washington Examiner reports Barry told officials at the University of the District of Columbia that the school should hire more D.C. residents as teachers and nurses.

But according to the Washington Examiner, here’s how Barry phrased it:

"In fact, it's so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines," he said.

Barry went on to say, “And no offense, but let's grow our own teachers, let's grow our own nurses -- and so that we don't have to be scrounging around in our community clinics and other kinds of places -- having to hire people from somewhere else."

These remarks come just weeks after another controversy involving the councilmember’s words.

He told supporters that something needs to be about Asian business owners coming into Ward 8 and opening up “dirty shops.”

D.C. mayor Vincent Gray and several D.C. Council members condemned Barry’s statements.

Barry later apologized for his comments.


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