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Marion Barry, shown here at the D.C. Council dais in January, is coming under fire once again for comments he made about Asians.
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Marion Barry, shown here at the D.C. Council dais in January, is coming under fire once again for comments he made about Asians.

Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry has once again made comments that could be deemed offensive to immigrants, especially Asians. This time, Barry's ire was not targeted at some Asian-owned fast food restaurants or convenience stores but at Asians in the health and education fields, Fox 5 reports. 

Marion Barry took University of the District of Columbia officials to the woodshed for giving immigrants "lucrative" jobs as teachers or nurses. Barry said the University should be "growing its own teachers and nurses" and it should hire D.C. residents. 

Barry described the situation as being "so bad" that if you went to the hospital you find it "full of immigrant nurses, especially from the Philippines." Barry later clarified to Fox 5 that he only meant to comment on the overall shortage of qualified nurses in the city.

Just a few weeks ago, the former mayor and current Ward 8 council member ignited a  firestorm of controversy after he criticized some Asian businesses in his ward for being "dirty" and suggesting they should be eliminated to make room for African-American businesses. Barry later apologized in part for those comments.

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