Marion Barry Makes Controversial Remarks About Filipino Nurses

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Council Member Marion Barry (credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Council Member Marion Barry (credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Roughly three weeks ago D.C. Council member Marion Barry came under fire for his comments regarding Asian-owned business in Ward 8.

The “Mayor for life” controversially remarked that Asian shops were dirty and many of their owners had no interest in giving back to the community.

Now, Barry has again stirred the proverbial pot.

During a meeting to discuss the budget at the University of District of Columbia, Barry made a controversial remark about Filipino nurses.

Barry believes there is a need to train more nurses at UDC and that the school should be premier provider of nurses in the city. However, his comments may not have gotten that point across as intended.

“In fact it’s so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you’ll find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines, and no offense, but let’s grow our own teachers, let’s grow our own nurses, and so that we don’t have to go scrounging in our community clinics and other kinds of places, having to hire people from somewhere else,” Barry said.

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