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FILE - In this July 9, 2011, file photo, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, left, listens to DC Council member Marion Barry during a Ward 8 Community Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File) FILE - In this July 9, 2011, file photo, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, left, listens to DC Council member Marion Barry during a Ward 8 Community Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)  

Marion Barry slurs one ethnic group while apologizing for slurring another

Maybe it was the crack. Or perhaps it was the political whiplash of returning to power in Washington, D.C. after serving a prison term. But whatever the reason, former Washington mayor and current Ward 8 city councilman Marion Barry can’t seem to get his apologies straight.

While trying to offer his regrets Thursday for derogatory comments last month about Asian-Americans, Barry managed to offend Polish-Americans.

“We gotta do something about these Asians coming in, opening up these dirty shops,” he said on April 3. “They got to go. I’ll say that right now.”

Fast-forward to Thursday. Barry apologized for adding racial tensions in the nation’s capital, noting that there’s nothing new about race-based divides in America.

“The Irish caught hell, the Jews caught hell, the Polacks caught hell,” Barry said, according to WTOP radio. “We want Ward 8 to be the model of diversity.”

Less than 24 hours later, Barry was apologizing again — this time for using the slur “Polacks” to refer to Americans of Polish descent.

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“We gotta do something about these Asians coming in, opening up these dirty shops,” he said on April 3. “They got to go. I’ll say that right now.”