Philippine Ambassador Responds To Barry's Comments | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Philippine Ambassador Responds To Barry's Comments

Residents start campaign asking for apology

Play associated audio
Marion Barry, shown here at the D.C. Council dais in January, has drawn criticism from the ambassador to the Philippines.
Mallory Noe-Payne
Marion Barry, shown here at the D.C. Council dais in January, has drawn criticism from the ambassador to the Philippines.

Another comment by D.C. Council Member Marion Barry aimed at Asians has generated another round of criticism. This time, however, Barry's remarks have sparked an international rebuke.

Today, the ambassador to the Philippines issued a statement calling Barry's latest remarks, "intolerant and narrow-minded" and said Barry's penchant for blaming Asians fuels racism, discrimination and violence.

On Monday, Barry said he wanted more D.C. residents to become nurses so that city hospitals didn't have to rely on immigrant nurses from the Philippines. This follows Barry's remarks earlier in the month, when he called Asian-owned businesses in his ward dirty.

Meanwhile, a coalition of Asian-American groups launched the "Say Sorry Barry" campaign today, and is urging the Ward 8 council member to apologize and meet with local leaders to foster tolerance.

NPR

Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of

The business lobby is pushing hard for the survival of the Export-Import Bank, which has supported U.S. exports for 80 years. Some House GOP leaders, though, think it's time to kill the bank.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.