Marion Barry Backpedals In Polish Slur, Says He Misspoke

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WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry (pictured) says he misspoke when he referred to the Polish community with the disparaging term “Polacks.”

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Barry made the remark when he was meeting with Asian Americans. That meeting was set up after Barry made two offensive statements last month about Asians. He later apologized.

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Barry was asked Thursday about racial tensions in the United States and he said: “The Irish caught hell, the Jews caught hell, the Polacks caught hell.”

In a seven-word statement Friday, Barry says he misspoke and should have said Polish.

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Gary Kenzer is the executive director of the Chicago-based Polish American Association. He has called on Barry to apologize to the Polish-American community.

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