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These days, artworks commemorating black politicians normally get outsourced to Chinese workers, but when Washington DC decided to honor the late Mayor For Life Marion Barry, they did it the old fashioned way and hired a white guy. The outcome, unveiled today, is this cheerful-looking bronze of the pipe-hitting mayor.

It could be worse …

You may be asking, why are they all men standing under the statue? I don’t know, but one guy is wearing an Alpha Phi Alpha jacket, which is the black college fraternity that Barry belonged to. So this is probably the Alpha Phi Alpha picture.

I vaguely recall that Martin Luther King’s fraternity may have paid for his statue on the National Mall, which helps explain why it’s a cheap Chinese knockoff: the federal taxpayers should have anted up for a good statue in such a prominent location rather than force a financially hard-pressed fraternity to put it out to the lowest bidder.

Anyway, from Watch the Yard: Black Greekdom’s Digital Yardshow:

It looks like Eddie Murphy is set to play former Washington D.C. Mayor and Alpha Phi Alpha brother, Marion Barry, in an upcoming television biopic that HBO Films is developing.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Spike Lee is attached to direct with John Ridley (Red Tails, Da Brick) to pen the script. Murphy, Lee and Ridley would all serve as executive producers.”

I don’t have cable, but I would definitely look forward to seeing a Marion Barry biopic starring Eddie Murphy.

 
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  1. It really is a good likeness. If you look closely at his face, he looks high. We truly are living in a golden age of bronzes.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @Buzz Mohawk

    No pipe? No hookers?

  2. Where’s the crack pipe?

    • Replies: @Anon
    @eah

    Where’s the crack pipe?

    One can easily be attached to the statue. Just look at that hand grasping for something.

    A great inspiration to Sub-Saharan West-African Americans.

    Replies: @Barnard, @Pericles

  3. @eah
    Where's the crack pipe?

    Replies: @Anon

    Where’s the crack pipe?

    One can easily be attached to the statue. Just look at that hand grasping for something.

    A great inspiration to Sub-Saharan West-African Americans.

    • Replies: @Barnard
    @Anon

    Someone should put one in his hand just like Cubs fans would put a can of beer in the hand of the Harry Carey statue outisde Wrigley Field.

    , @Pericles
    @Anon

    Smoke a pipe wit Barry.

    If the popo come, you got to shout 'Bitch set me up!'.

  4. Engraving on the pedestal reads:

    GODDAMN BITCH SET ME UP

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @O'Really

    LOL

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @O'Really


    Engraving on the pedestal reads:

    GODDAMN BITCH SET ME UP

     

    Wrong. It says "Gibs me dat!"
  5. I was originally from Washington DC but I moved to San Francisco. Then I went back again to Washington for graduate school. There was a new guy in town – Marion Barry. He provided the black population with hope. He was sort of the Black Panther-Wakanda of the day. He really lifted the spirits of the black people of the District.

    I didn’t get it at the time. He struck me as just another black hustler or bunko artist, but whites would always see him that way. Blacks saw him as an inspirational figure.

    I guess I still don’t get it. To me subsequent events like the crack smoking just validated my early opinion but blacks seemed to be tuned into another channel. They loved him. He deserved a statue.

    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
    @Pat Boyle


    blacks seemed to be tuned into another channel.
     
    You have a truly profound talent for understatement. With a gift like yours, you should be making a cool $1 mil/yr as a University President.

    Replies: @anon

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @Pat Boyle

    Blacks knew Barry was a low life, but since he kept sticking it to whitey, they didn't care. He also made sure the Benjamins got spread around.

    He got busted twice after the crack incident for not filing federal taxes, and, surprise!, nothing happened. At the end of his life, he was tooling around DC in a Jaguar with no plates, and again, nothing happened. Must have been his Vibranium shield.

    , @Arclight
    @Pat Boyle

    I didn't get it at first, but eventually I figured it out after enough conversations with neighbors, cab drivers, etc: he blew up the civil workforce to over 30,000 people and created the summer 'jobs' program for teenagers, which basically guaranteed anyone under 21 (yes, you didn't actually have to be HS age) income for a few month for make-work jobs or in a lot of cases just hanging out in a room all day in case they might need you for something...and white people hated him, which was the icing on the cake.

    I've lived in several large US cities and the racial resentment directed at whites in DC is an order of magnitude greater than any other place I've seen. So a) cash handouts to a bunch of people who are otherwise virtually unemployable, financed mostly by whites combined with b) politic and behavior that was a middle finger to the whites footing the bill was a wildly popular platform.

    This is basically where the Democratic party platform is heading on a national level.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @CJ, @Diversity Heretic

    , @Art Deco
    @Pat Boyle

    The first black mayor of Washington was his predecessor, Walter Washington. A truly accomplished black mayor was Anthony Williams, his eventual successor. DC has seen tremendous improvement in its quality of life in the last 20 years and Williams was the man who got the ball rolling. He deserves commemoration, bar that he's still alive.

    Commemorations of Barry are one indication, among a number of others, that the political culture of the black population is deeply disordered. The one glimmer of hope in 2016 was that a critical mass of younger blacks outside the South weren't buying into the Clinton nostalgia.

    , @Marty
    @Pat Boyle

    '...tuned into another channel."

    One time while I was waiting my turn to get into a mostly black basketball game in Berkeley, a mass fight broke out on the court. The black guy standing next to me said, "black people are messed up, man."

    , @Diversity Heretic
    @Pat Boyle

    I moved to DC in 1985, so I was there for a portion of the Barry Administration. One of the things that i aways found interesting was that a very left-wing give-away newspaper, City Paper, was extremely anti-Barry, even before The Washington Post finally realized what an on-going disaster he was. My theory is that the City Paper's contacts in the drug world told them how out of control Barry was. Even drug dealers do't want a mayor who's a crackhead.

    The fact that a statue of Marion Barry could be set up while statues of Robert E. Lee are being take down shows just how wrecked the United States is.

  6. the pipe-hitting mayor

    Hey, he may not have been a great man for the people, but at least he was a man of the people.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Enochian

    Just goes to show, you can be a perpetrator of sexual assault, various drug offenses--all manner of corruption, even be a jailbird--just so long as you authentically black you be all right.

    I'll never forget the primary contest for his last term in office. The entire business turned upon just that one issue--who is the most authentically black! And of course the Dem primary in DC is the same as the general election in other places.

  7. Another Mao statue would have been too much.

  8. @O'Really
    Engraving on the pedestal reads:

    GODDAMN BITCH SET ME UP

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Jim Don Bob

    LOL

  9. My understanding of putting a monument up in DC is that the design has to be approved then the group has to raise the appropriate funds.

    I don’t know that they’ve build many good monuments in DC in the past 30 years. The WWII monument is the epitome of dull and uninspiring. But at least it isn’t ugly like the MLK monument.

  10. I don’t have cable, but I would definitely look forward to seeing a Marion Barry biopic starring Eddie Murphy.

    I could help cure you of that. Spend a couple days in Detroit with me Steve. You’ll never want to see any Marion/Eddie/Demetrius again – ever (maybe a NatGeo special on Liberia once a year).

  11. @O'Really
    Engraving on the pedestal reads:

    GODDAMN BITCH SET ME UP

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Jim Don Bob

    Engraving on the pedestal reads:

    GODDAMN BITCH SET ME UP

    Wrong. It says “Gibs me dat!”

  12. @Pat Boyle
    I was originally from Washington DC but I moved to San Francisco. Then I went back again to Washington for graduate school. There was a new guy in town - Marion Barry. He provided the black population with hope. He was sort of the Black Panther-Wakanda of the day. He really lifted the spirits of the black people of the District.

    I didn't get it at the time. He struck me as just another black hustler or bunko artist, but whites would always see him that way. Blacks saw him as an inspirational figure.

    I guess I still don't get it. To me subsequent events like the crack smoking just validated my early opinion but blacks seemed to be tuned into another channel. They loved him. He deserved a statue.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Jim Don Bob, @Arclight, @Art Deco, @Marty, @Diversity Heretic

    blacks seemed to be tuned into another channel.

    You have a truly profound talent for understatement. With a gift like yours, you should be making a cool $1 mil/yr as a University President.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Stan d Mute

    I thought “tuned tuned into another channel’ was a good turn of phrase. Took the “tuned into” thing back to its roots. Keep rockin’ that funky language thang Pat Boyle! :)

  13. @Pat Boyle
    I was originally from Washington DC but I moved to San Francisco. Then I went back again to Washington for graduate school. There was a new guy in town - Marion Barry. He provided the black population with hope. He was sort of the Black Panther-Wakanda of the day. He really lifted the spirits of the black people of the District.

    I didn't get it at the time. He struck me as just another black hustler or bunko artist, but whites would always see him that way. Blacks saw him as an inspirational figure.

    I guess I still don't get it. To me subsequent events like the crack smoking just validated my early opinion but blacks seemed to be tuned into another channel. They loved him. He deserved a statue.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Jim Don Bob, @Arclight, @Art Deco, @Marty, @Diversity Heretic

    Blacks knew Barry was a low life, but since he kept sticking it to whitey, they didn’t care. He also made sure the Benjamins got spread around.

    He got busted twice after the crack incident for not filing federal taxes, and, surprise!, nothing happened. At the end of his life, he was tooling around DC in a Jaguar with no plates, and again, nothing happened. Must have been his Vibranium shield.

  14. @Pat Boyle
    I was originally from Washington DC but I moved to San Francisco. Then I went back again to Washington for graduate school. There was a new guy in town - Marion Barry. He provided the black population with hope. He was sort of the Black Panther-Wakanda of the day. He really lifted the spirits of the black people of the District.

    I didn't get it at the time. He struck me as just another black hustler or bunko artist, but whites would always see him that way. Blacks saw him as an inspirational figure.

    I guess I still don't get it. To me subsequent events like the crack smoking just validated my early opinion but blacks seemed to be tuned into another channel. They loved him. He deserved a statue.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Jim Don Bob, @Arclight, @Art Deco, @Marty, @Diversity Heretic

    I didn’t get it at first, but eventually I figured it out after enough conversations with neighbors, cab drivers, etc: he blew up the civil workforce to over 30,000 people and created the summer ‘jobs’ program for teenagers, which basically guaranteed anyone under 21 (yes, you didn’t actually have to be HS age) income for a few month for make-work jobs or in a lot of cases just hanging out in a room all day in case they might need you for something…and white people hated him, which was the icing on the cake.

    I’ve lived in several large US cities and the racial resentment directed at whites in DC is an order of magnitude greater than any other place I’ve seen. So a) cash handouts to a bunch of people who are otherwise virtually unemployable, financed mostly by whites combined with b) politic and behavior that was a middle finger to the whites footing the bill was a wildly popular platform.

    This is basically where the Democratic party platform is heading on a national level.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Arclight

    This is basically where the Democratic party platform is heading on a national level.

    No, it's not. The Democratic Party's thinking on race is driven by dipheads in the social work and schools industry, of which a sterling example would be the retired school psychologist who writes for Inside Higher Edcuation. Her priority on the job was not doing things which would make her feel bad, and being a participant in lowering the boom on a person designated as 'disadvantaged' would make her feel bad. The schools where she worked were latrines due to disciplinary problems, by her own admission. She felt no embarrassment over that. It was just an occasion for her to publicly wring her hands.

    Replies: @Arclight

    , @CJ
    @Arclight

    He increased the number of DC employees more than that. I remember doing some IT work for a municipality in the Vancouver area about 20 years ago and learning that the total number of unionized employees working for the City of Vancouver was about 6,000. That seemed like a lot to me, but one of my colleagues informed me that Washington, DC had 54,000 — a number he verified online when I expressed skepticism.

    Replies: @MarcB.

    , @Diversity Heretic
    @Arclight

    Barry made the police a jobs program, which led to a number of officers being recruited who had drug and gang backgrounds. He also put a number of his supporters on the city payroll which increased costs while it wrecked the civil service.

    Replies: @Corn

  15. @Pat Boyle
    I was originally from Washington DC but I moved to San Francisco. Then I went back again to Washington for graduate school. There was a new guy in town - Marion Barry. He provided the black population with hope. He was sort of the Black Panther-Wakanda of the day. He really lifted the spirits of the black people of the District.

    I didn't get it at the time. He struck me as just another black hustler or bunko artist, but whites would always see him that way. Blacks saw him as an inspirational figure.

    I guess I still don't get it. To me subsequent events like the crack smoking just validated my early opinion but blacks seemed to be tuned into another channel. They loved him. He deserved a statue.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Jim Don Bob, @Arclight, @Art Deco, @Marty, @Diversity Heretic

    The first black mayor of Washington was his predecessor, Walter Washington. A truly accomplished black mayor was Anthony Williams, his eventual successor. DC has seen tremendous improvement in its quality of life in the last 20 years and Williams was the man who got the ball rolling. He deserves commemoration, bar that he’s still alive.

    Commemorations of Barry are one indication, among a number of others, that the political culture of the black population is deeply disordered. The one glimmer of hope in 2016 was that a critical mass of younger blacks outside the South weren’t buying into the Clinton nostalgia.

  16. @Arclight
    @Pat Boyle

    I didn't get it at first, but eventually I figured it out after enough conversations with neighbors, cab drivers, etc: he blew up the civil workforce to over 30,000 people and created the summer 'jobs' program for teenagers, which basically guaranteed anyone under 21 (yes, you didn't actually have to be HS age) income for a few month for make-work jobs or in a lot of cases just hanging out in a room all day in case they might need you for something...and white people hated him, which was the icing on the cake.

    I've lived in several large US cities and the racial resentment directed at whites in DC is an order of magnitude greater than any other place I've seen. So a) cash handouts to a bunch of people who are otherwise virtually unemployable, financed mostly by whites combined with b) politic and behavior that was a middle finger to the whites footing the bill was a wildly popular platform.

    This is basically where the Democratic party platform is heading on a national level.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @CJ, @Diversity Heretic

    This is basically where the Democratic party platform is heading on a national level.

    No, it’s not. The Democratic Party’s thinking on race is driven by dipheads in the social work and schools industry, of which a sterling example would be the retired school psychologist who writes for Inside Higher Edcuation. Her priority on the job was not doing things which would make her feel bad, and being a participant in lowering the boom on a person designated as ‘disadvantaged’ would make her feel bad. The schools where she worked were latrines due to disciplinary problems, by her own admission. She felt no embarrassment over that. It was just an occasion for her to publicly wring her hands.

    • Replies: @Arclight
    @Art Deco

    Seems to me that resentment of whites is a key organizing principle of the Democrats today, and it will only increase as the party's dependence on black and latino voters grows as working class whites continue a multi-decade drift away from the party. Taking away economic, political, and educational opportunity from whites in the name of combating privilege and oppression is already prominent in higher education and is seeping into high school and even elementary and middle school curricula.

    Replies: @MBlanc46

  17. You know who really deserves a statue? Trayvon Martin. He’s the black future that could have been. “Barack, you were my brotha, you shoulda taken care of me just a little bit. I coulda been somebody…. ”

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Louis Renault

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trayvon-martin-memorial-moved-to-sanford-museum/

  18. @Anon
    @eah

    Where’s the crack pipe?

    One can easily be attached to the statue. Just look at that hand grasping for something.

    A great inspiration to Sub-Saharan West-African Americans.

    Replies: @Barnard, @Pericles

    Someone should put one in his hand just like Cubs fans would put a can of beer in the hand of the Harry Carey statue outisde Wrigley Field.

  19. I liked how Marion Barry was called the night mayor. He only came out at night, cruising around in his limousine w driver paid for by DC. Talking to constituents, dining out, having fun and engaging in shenanigans. btw he had a chem. degree and almost a PhD in chem.
    http://themoderatevoice.com/prof-marion-barry-department-of-chemistry/

  20. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    In visual design Chinese designers are superior to American designers because of visuo-spatial intelligence of Chinese. The black fraternity accepted the Chinese artists depiction of MLK because they liked the way the Chinese guy imagined MLK as a strong black man with lots of authority. That might be distasteful to non-blacks, non-white liberals but it is what the black fraternity had intended. They commissioned and got what they wanted, not a knockoff.

  21. @Buzz Mohawk
    It really is a good likeness. If you look closely at his face, he looks high. We truly are living in a golden age of bronzes.

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    No pipe? No hookers?

  22. America today: tearing down statues of Robert E. Lee, putting up statues of Marion Barry.

    ~~

    This really is sort of amusing. It’s a reflection of the ridiculously low bar for black achievement. Or more precisely very low standards for behavior. Barry’s antics would make unsuitable statue material for whites, even if he’d been a great mayor, with great mayoral deeds–which he wasn’t. But for blacks … hey, he stood up to the man, good enough!

    ~~

    The other interesting thing to me here is just BGTOW. Blacks going their own way. I say “bravo”.

    But we need to cut the parasitism on whites–cut the cord. Let blacks have statuary for their own heroes, and have their own police forces, their own communities, their own nation and … pay their own bills!

  23. A statue of Marion Barry; proof that the USA is doomed.

    • Replies: @Laugh Track
    @The Alarmist


    A statue of Marion Barry; proof that the USA is doomed.
     
    Coming next: a statue to former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in Detroit!

    https://www.jetmag.com/news/kwame-kilpatrick-corrupt-black-mayors/

    Replies: @The Alarmist

  24. @Art Deco
    @Arclight

    This is basically where the Democratic party platform is heading on a national level.

    No, it's not. The Democratic Party's thinking on race is driven by dipheads in the social work and schools industry, of which a sterling example would be the retired school psychologist who writes for Inside Higher Edcuation. Her priority on the job was not doing things which would make her feel bad, and being a participant in lowering the boom on a person designated as 'disadvantaged' would make her feel bad. The schools where she worked were latrines due to disciplinary problems, by her own admission. She felt no embarrassment over that. It was just an occasion for her to publicly wring her hands.

    Replies: @Arclight

    Seems to me that resentment of whites is a key organizing principle of the Democrats today, and it will only increase as the party’s dependence on black and latino voters grows as working class whites continue a multi-decade drift away from the party. Taking away economic, political, and educational opportunity from whites in the name of combating privilege and oppression is already prominent in higher education and is seeping into high school and even elementary and middle school curricula.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
    @Arclight

    This.

  25. @Pat Boyle
    I was originally from Washington DC but I moved to San Francisco. Then I went back again to Washington for graduate school. There was a new guy in town - Marion Barry. He provided the black population with hope. He was sort of the Black Panther-Wakanda of the day. He really lifted the spirits of the black people of the District.

    I didn't get it at the time. He struck me as just another black hustler or bunko artist, but whites would always see him that way. Blacks saw him as an inspirational figure.

    I guess I still don't get it. To me subsequent events like the crack smoking just validated my early opinion but blacks seemed to be tuned into another channel. They loved him. He deserved a statue.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Jim Don Bob, @Arclight, @Art Deco, @Marty, @Diversity Heretic

    ‘…tuned into another channel.”

    One time while I was waiting my turn to get into a mostly black basketball game in Berkeley, a mass fight broke out on the court. The black guy standing next to me said, “black people are messed up, man.”

  26. Thurgood Marshall was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, an HBCU. He was suspended twice for hazing. A native of Baltimore, in 1996, a statue of Marshall was dedicated at the State House in Annapolis. The sculptor selected from a nationwide competition was Antonio Tobias Mendez, a white Hispanic. In 2013, Lincoln University selected a black artist, Alvin Pettit, to create a statue of Marshall. Unfortunately, I can’t find any evidence that the statue was ever completed.

    Martin Luther King was an Alpha and attended Morehouse College.

    Spike Lee, a Morehouse graduate, never joined a fraternity. His movie School Daze, showed the violence and negative behaviors associated with black fraternity and sorority life. In the video Lee mentions that after he left Morehouse, a student died pledging Alpha Phi Alpha.

    Alphas stepping in School Daze:

    In John Ridley’s 2017 series Guerrilla , about Britain’s black power movement, he chose a South Asian woman as the romantic lead because Ridley is in a mixed-race relationship, married to an East Asian, and that is what he wanted to see on screen.

    • Replies: @Obsessive Contrarian
    @Triumph104

    Black folks dance well, give them that.

  27. Given the recent post on Weinstein and the rest of Hollywood’s rulers being “white,” isn’t it time that we start using a more specific descriptor for people like the sculptor Mr. Weitzman? I note the linked article also relays that Mr. Weitzman did Frederick Douglass’s statute in the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall (the what?), so he seems to have carved himself quite the niche. (The linked article, of course, calls Mr. Weitzman white but at one point notes, “Weitzman grew up in a poor Jewish neighborhood in West L.A., where some of his teachers and many of his classmates were black and Latino — an experience that informs all his art.” So, at least, he’s not one of those white people.)

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Uilleam Yr Alban

    I googled the phrase "poor Jewish neighborhood in West L.A." and on the whole Internet it only turns up in this article about the sculptor of the Marion Barry statue.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  28. I know nothing of Marion Barry’s record as Mayor or Council Member, but I’ll bet he was above average in serving his constituents and getting useful things done for them. Not for the white population, but at least for the blacks who voted for him all the time. I don’t know of any major thievery or corruption connected with Marion Barry. Smoking crack is idiotic and unfortunately this is how he will be remembered. Plus “the bitch set me up” arrest in a DC hotel or motel room.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    @Clyde

    See the articles published in The New Republic and The Washington Monthly ca 1986. The Washington Monthly had a regular feature called "The Worst City Government". The homicide rate during Barry's tenure was more than 4x what it is today and the public order situation grew worse and worse during his first three terms because he systematically cut the police budget and police staffing. This, while the city workforce was growing ever more bloated. Other than Coleman Young, you'd be hard put to find a core city mayor more incompetent and destructive.

    Replies: @Clyde

    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    @Clyde


    I know nothing of Marion Barry’s record as Mayor or Council Member
     
    Thanks for providing the case for Marion Barry based on ignorance.
  29. These days, artworks commemorating black politicians normally get outsourced to Chinese workers, but when Washington DC decided to honor the late Mayor For Life Marion Barry, they did it the old fashioned way and hired a white guy. The outcome, unveiled today, is this cheerful-looking bronze of the pipe-hitting mayor.

    The white sculptor was under pressure not to boot this assignment. The black organization that hired him must have told him forcefully that they didn’t want another half Chinaman embarrassment or a half white man. Marion Barry had a distinctive face, so not hard to at least get that part right.
    Lets not forget that the urban Irish used to elect people sitting in jail cells like Mayor Curley. I am sure other urban ethnics did the same 70-90-110 years ago. The blacks are not alone in electing miscreants.

    “Curley’s first public notoriety came when he was elected to Boston’s board of aldermen in 1904 while in prison on a fraud conviction.” wikipedia

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Clyde

    King's statue does have that ill-tempered Buddha look.

  30. A statue of a crack smoking, corrupt, and bigoted towards Asians black man who also discriminated against whites in city hiring goes up while statues of white guys who actually built this country get torn down and defaced. But since he’s black and didn’t own a slave and his bigotry was reserved for people the radical left hates or is indifferent to his statue is cause for celebration and no SJW’s will be applying their lofty moral principles towards the late mayor and trying to deface or tear it down.

  31. @Stan d Mute
    @Pat Boyle


    blacks seemed to be tuned into another channel.
     
    You have a truly profound talent for understatement. With a gift like yours, you should be making a cool $1 mil/yr as a University President.

    Replies: @anon

    I thought “tuned tuned into another channel’ was a good turn of phrase. Took the “tuned into” thing back to its roots. Keep rockin’ that funky language thang Pat Boyle! 🙂

  32. John Ridley is a pretty interesting writer, so I’ll watch if he stays involved. Before 12 Years, he did the script for David O. Russel’s early film, 3 Kings. Wrote for Fresh Prince, too. Someone already mentioned Guerrilla.

    Most interestingly from an i-Steve perspective, he wrote this 2006 essay in Esquire that landed him in deep crap with the Woke set.

    https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a162/esq1206blackessay-108/

    Ridley, Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen . . . these black filmmakers have been making outstanding films for years. It boggles my mind that a super hero movie and (coming soon) a crappy adaptation of a children’s novel are going to define African American filmmaking for years.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Seth Largo

    I heard John Ridley give a speech once and he did a very good job.

  33. CJ says:
    @Arclight
    @Pat Boyle

    I didn't get it at first, but eventually I figured it out after enough conversations with neighbors, cab drivers, etc: he blew up the civil workforce to over 30,000 people and created the summer 'jobs' program for teenagers, which basically guaranteed anyone under 21 (yes, you didn't actually have to be HS age) income for a few month for make-work jobs or in a lot of cases just hanging out in a room all day in case they might need you for something...and white people hated him, which was the icing on the cake.

    I've lived in several large US cities and the racial resentment directed at whites in DC is an order of magnitude greater than any other place I've seen. So a) cash handouts to a bunch of people who are otherwise virtually unemployable, financed mostly by whites combined with b) politic and behavior that was a middle finger to the whites footing the bill was a wildly popular platform.

    This is basically where the Democratic party platform is heading on a national level.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @CJ, @Diversity Heretic

    He increased the number of DC employees more than that. I remember doing some IT work for a municipality in the Vancouver area about 20 years ago and learning that the total number of unionized employees working for the City of Vancouver was about 6,000. That seemed like a lot to me, but one of my colleagues informed me that Washington, DC had 54,000 — a number he verified online when I expressed skepticism.

    • Replies: @MarcB.
    @CJ

    That's SOP in majority black US cities. As Whites were clearing out of Memphis by the thousands yearly in the wake of the election of city's first black mayor, city and county government employment was growing annually. The only Whites hired were either well connected or required due to their area of expertise.

  34. @Enochian

    the pipe-hitting mayor
     
    Hey, he may not have been a great man for the people, but at least he was a man of the people.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Just goes to show, you can be a perpetrator of sexual assault, various drug offenses–all manner of corruption, even be a jailbird–just so long as you authentically black you be all right.

    I’ll never forget the primary contest for his last term in office. The entire business turned upon just that one issue–who is the most authentically black! And of course the Dem primary in DC is the same as the general election in other places.

  35. @Pat Boyle
    I was originally from Washington DC but I moved to San Francisco. Then I went back again to Washington for graduate school. There was a new guy in town - Marion Barry. He provided the black population with hope. He was sort of the Black Panther-Wakanda of the day. He really lifted the spirits of the black people of the District.

    I didn't get it at the time. He struck me as just another black hustler or bunko artist, but whites would always see him that way. Blacks saw him as an inspirational figure.

    I guess I still don't get it. To me subsequent events like the crack smoking just validated my early opinion but blacks seemed to be tuned into another channel. They loved him. He deserved a statue.

    Replies: @Stan d Mute, @Jim Don Bob, @Arclight, @Art Deco, @Marty, @Diversity Heretic

    I moved to DC in 1985, so I was there for a portion of the Barry Administration. One of the things that i aways found interesting was that a very left-wing give-away newspaper, City Paper, was extremely anti-Barry, even before The Washington Post finally realized what an on-going disaster he was. My theory is that the City Paper‘s contacts in the drug world told them how out of control Barry was. Even drug dealers do’t want a mayor who’s a crackhead.

    The fact that a statue of Marion Barry could be set up while statues of Robert E. Lee are being take down shows just how wrecked the United States is.

  36. @Arclight
    @Pat Boyle

    I didn't get it at first, but eventually I figured it out after enough conversations with neighbors, cab drivers, etc: he blew up the civil workforce to over 30,000 people and created the summer 'jobs' program for teenagers, which basically guaranteed anyone under 21 (yes, you didn't actually have to be HS age) income for a few month for make-work jobs or in a lot of cases just hanging out in a room all day in case they might need you for something...and white people hated him, which was the icing on the cake.

    I've lived in several large US cities and the racial resentment directed at whites in DC is an order of magnitude greater than any other place I've seen. So a) cash handouts to a bunch of people who are otherwise virtually unemployable, financed mostly by whites combined with b) politic and behavior that was a middle finger to the whites footing the bill was a wildly popular platform.

    This is basically where the Democratic party platform is heading on a national level.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @CJ, @Diversity Heretic

    Barry made the police a jobs program, which led to a number of officers being recruited who had drug and gang backgrounds. He also put a number of his supporters on the city payroll which increased costs while it wrecked the civil service.

    • Replies: @Corn
    @Diversity Heretic

    There was some metropolis in the ‘80s- I think it was DC -the police had to fill out daily reports and booking papers in pen because thieves kept stealing the typewriters or word processors.

  37. @Triumph104
    Thurgood Marshall was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, an HBCU. He was suspended twice for hazing. A native of Baltimore, in 1996, a statue of Marshall was dedicated at the State House in Annapolis. The sculptor selected from a nationwide competition was Antonio Tobias Mendez, a white Hispanic. In 2013, Lincoln University selected a black artist, Alvin Pettit, to create a statue of Marshall. Unfortunately, I can't find any evidence that the statue was ever completed.

    Martin Luther King was an Alpha and attended Morehouse College.

    Spike Lee, a Morehouse graduate, never joined a fraternity. His movie School Daze, showed the violence and negative behaviors associated with black fraternity and sorority life. In the video Lee mentions that after he left Morehouse, a student died pledging Alpha Phi Alpha.

    https://youtu.be/EFRyL5weyuU?t=33

    Alphas stepping in School Daze:

    https://youtu.be/WfPc8Ia7E20

    In John Ridley's 2017 series Guerrilla , about Britain's black power movement, he chose a South Asian woman as the romantic lead because Ridley is in a mixed-race relationship, married to an East Asian, and that is what he wanted to see on screen.

    Replies: @Obsessive Contrarian

    Black folks dance well, give them that.

  38. @Seth Largo
    John Ridley is a pretty interesting writer, so I'll watch if he stays involved. Before 12 Years, he did the script for David O. Russel's early film, 3 Kings. Wrote for Fresh Prince, too. Someone already mentioned Guerrilla.

    Most interestingly from an i-Steve perspective, he wrote this 2006 essay in Esquire that landed him in deep crap with the Woke set.

    https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a162/esq1206blackessay-108/

    Ridley, Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen . . . these black filmmakers have been making outstanding films for years. It boggles my mind that a super hero movie and (coming soon) a crappy adaptation of a children's novel are going to define African American filmmaking for years.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    I heard John Ridley give a speech once and he did a very good job.

  39. Not that this will ever happen again but I wonder if there was a statue being erected of a white guy if the audience would be 100% white and if so how would that be perceived?

    that crowd sure is lacking “diversity”

  40. @Uilleam Yr Alban
    Given the recent post on Weinstein and the rest of Hollywood's rulers being "white," isn't it time that we start using a more specific descriptor for people like the sculptor Mr. Weitzman? I note the linked article also relays that Mr. Weitzman did Frederick Douglass's statute in the Capitol's Emancipation Hall (the what?), so he seems to have carved himself quite the niche. (The linked article, of course, calls Mr. Weitzman white but at one point notes, "Weitzman grew up in a poor Jewish neighborhood in West L.A., where some of his teachers and many of his classmates were black and Latino — an experience that informs all his art." So, at least, he's not one of those white people.)

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    I googled the phrase “poor Jewish neighborhood in West L.A.” and on the whole Internet it only turns up in this article about the sculptor of the Marion Barry statue.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Steve Sailer

    Seems to me there should be something about rainbow-colored unicorns in that mix.

  41. @Louis Renault
    You know who really deserves a statue? Trayvon Martin. He's the black future that could have been. "Barack, you were my brotha, you shoulda taken care of me just a little bit. I coulda been somebody.... "

    Replies: @Anonymous

  42. Umm..lemmie get this straight: it’s OK to put up a statue of a crack-smoking, whoring, thieving black guy, but the Jefferson Memorial is next on the SJW Hit Parade?

  43. @Clyde

    These days, artworks commemorating black politicians normally get outsourced to Chinese workers, but when Washington DC decided to honor the late Mayor For Life Marion Barry, they did it the old fashioned way and hired a white guy. The outcome, unveiled today, is this cheerful-looking bronze of the pipe-hitting mayor.
     
    The white sculptor was under pressure not to boot this assignment. The black organization that hired him must have told him forcefully that they didn't want another half Chinaman embarrassment or a half white man. Marion Barry had a distinctive face, so not hard to at least get that part right.
    Lets not forget that the urban Irish used to elect people sitting in jail cells like Mayor Curley. I am sure other urban ethnics did the same 70-90-110 years ago. The blacks are not alone in electing miscreants.

    "Curley's first public notoriety came when he was elected to Boston's board of aldermen in 1904 while in prison on a fraud conviction." wikipedia

    Replies: @Anon

    King’s statue does have that ill-tempered Buddha look.

  44. @Diversity Heretic
    @Arclight

    Barry made the police a jobs program, which led to a number of officers being recruited who had drug and gang backgrounds. He also put a number of his supporters on the city payroll which increased costs while it wrecked the civil service.

    Replies: @Corn

    There was some metropolis in the ‘80s- I think it was DC -the police had to fill out daily reports and booking papers in pen because thieves kept stealing the typewriters or word processors.

  45. @Clyde
    I know nothing of Marion Barry's record as Mayor or Council Member, but I'll bet he was above average in serving his constituents and getting useful things done for them. Not for the white population, but at least for the blacks who voted for him all the time. I don't know of any major thievery or corruption connected with Marion Barry. Smoking crack is idiotic and unfortunately this is how he will be remembered. Plus "the bitch set me up" arrest in a DC hotel or motel room.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Charles Erwin Wilson

    See the articles published in The New Republic and The Washington Monthly ca 1986. The Washington Monthly had a regular feature called “The Worst City Government”. The homicide rate during Barry’s tenure was more than 4x what it is today and the public order situation grew worse and worse during his first three terms because he systematically cut the police budget and police staffing. This, while the city workforce was growing ever more bloated. Other than Coleman Young, you’d be hard put to find a core city mayor more incompetent and destructive.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    @Art Deco

    Mario Barry was still better than the alternative. A Sharp James type mayor running DC. Or a numbskull like Kwame Kilpatrick.

  46. @Steve Sailer
    @Uilleam Yr Alban

    I googled the phrase "poor Jewish neighborhood in West L.A." and on the whole Internet it only turns up in this article about the sculptor of the Marion Barry statue.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Seems to me there should be something about rainbow-colored unicorns in that mix.

  47. @Clyde
    I know nothing of Marion Barry's record as Mayor or Council Member, but I'll bet he was above average in serving his constituents and getting useful things done for them. Not for the white population, but at least for the blacks who voted for him all the time. I don't know of any major thievery or corruption connected with Marion Barry. Smoking crack is idiotic and unfortunately this is how he will be remembered. Plus "the bitch set me up" arrest in a DC hotel or motel room.

    Replies: @Art Deco, @Charles Erwin Wilson

    I know nothing of Marion Barry’s record as Mayor or Council Member

    Thanks for providing the case for Marion Barry based on ignorance.

  48. @The Alarmist
    A statue of Marion Barry; proof that the USA is doomed.

    Replies: @Laugh Track

    A statue of Marion Barry; proof that the USA is doomed.

    Coming next: a statue to former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in Detroit!

    https://www.jetmag.com/news/kwame-kilpatrick-corrupt-black-mayors/

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Laugh Track

    I always confuse that guy with Kweisi Mfume.

  49. @Art Deco
    @Clyde

    See the articles published in The New Republic and The Washington Monthly ca 1986. The Washington Monthly had a regular feature called "The Worst City Government". The homicide rate during Barry's tenure was more than 4x what it is today and the public order situation grew worse and worse during his first three terms because he systematically cut the police budget and police staffing. This, while the city workforce was growing ever more bloated. Other than Coleman Young, you'd be hard put to find a core city mayor more incompetent and destructive.

    Replies: @Clyde

    Mario Barry was still better than the alternative. A Sharp James type mayor running DC. Or a numbskull like Kwame Kilpatrick.

  50. @Anon
    @eah

    Where’s the crack pipe?

    One can easily be attached to the statue. Just look at that hand grasping for something.

    A great inspiration to Sub-Saharan West-African Americans.

    Replies: @Barnard, @Pericles

    Smoke a pipe wit Barry.

    If the popo come, you got to shout ‘Bitch set me up!’.

  51. @Laugh Track
    @The Alarmist


    A statue of Marion Barry; proof that the USA is doomed.
     
    Coming next: a statue to former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in Detroit!

    https://www.jetmag.com/news/kwame-kilpatrick-corrupt-black-mayors/

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    I always confuse that guy with Kweisi Mfume.

  52. The US Government gave $12.5 mil to seed the MLK and black memorial stuff on the mall. Then corporate sponsors gave millions as well. The black communitah could not raise the proper amount, endangering the entire project to abandonment and in the end had to trade the Chinese sculptor the right to create the statue, and a Chinese crew setting up the MLK statue for roughly $20 million.

    Blacks spend $6 bil/year on hair care products and at a maximum couldn’t raise $90 mil over a decade. If we knew all corporate donations, I bet that number is closer to $60-70mil.

  53. @CJ
    @Arclight

    He increased the number of DC employees more than that. I remember doing some IT work for a municipality in the Vancouver area about 20 years ago and learning that the total number of unionized employees working for the City of Vancouver was about 6,000. That seemed like a lot to me, but one of my colleagues informed me that Washington, DC had 54,000 — a number he verified online when I expressed skepticism.

    Replies: @MarcB.

    That’s SOP in majority black US cities. As Whites were clearing out of Memphis by the thousands yearly in the wake of the election of city’s first black mayor, city and county government employment was growing annually. The only Whites hired were either well connected or required due to their area of expertise.

  54. @Arclight
    @Art Deco

    Seems to me that resentment of whites is a key organizing principle of the Democrats today, and it will only increase as the party's dependence on black and latino voters grows as working class whites continue a multi-decade drift away from the party. Taking away economic, political, and educational opportunity from whites in the name of combating privilege and oppression is already prominent in higher education and is seeping into high school and even elementary and middle school curricula.

    Replies: @MBlanc46

    This.

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