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  • well, at least it was fast.

  • He may have done good, but he wasn’t a good man.

    • He was a flawed man – like most of us. Guessing levels of “good” is just stupid.

        • So true!

          He was so much more, such as:

          1. Con man
          2. Race Baiter
          3. Philanderer
          4. Criminal
          5. Gay Hater
          6. Scofflaw
          7. Tax Evader

          I so hope that media coverage of his passing includes detailed mentioned of his evil deeds done solely for self-promotion and to grab more power – none of which was honestly meant for the most needy.

          • He voted against marriage equality, but was by no means a “gay hater”

          • This sounds exactly like Capitol Hill. One man’s whore is another man’s lobbyist.

          • And you are a coward for talking so badly about a man who recently passed *anonymously*. At least attach a name to your slander. SMH.

            Barry did more good than you likely ever did, from his work with SNCC, to his work with seniors, to his work with PRIDE to his work with the Summer Jobs program for youth (from which many of my friends, all upstanding citizens, received their first paying job), etc etc.

          • justinbc

            He was unquestionably a controversial figure. Whether he did more for DC as a mayor than some random person on the internet isn’t all that relevant, unless that other person happens to be a mayor. I know several DC natives who benefited greatly from his programs, as well as several who were beyond exasperated by his ability to stay in area politics as well as work his followers into the system with him. Does the bad negate the good? No. But the good doesn’t alleviate the bad either. It’s also very condescending of you to imply that anyone who wasn’t a fan of his must be new “clowns” to the city. He never won an election with 100% of the vote, so there were clearly people even in his heyday who were not a fan.

          • I suspect that the things on your on your list are going to be the only thing that are going to be talked about. The few things I have read so far have spent more time on the hotel incident and that drama than on anything else. So don’t you worry your little pretty head……

          • @Reality, voting against marriage is certainly hating gay people. Any claim otherwise is simply false. Those opposed to Loving v Virginia did in fact hate black people.

          • Yes, Barry’s vote against marriage equality in the city was awful, as were his subsequent comments about the issue afterwards. But Barry also was the one who gave Whitman-Walker the authority and the funding to deal with the AIDS crisis in ’83, and that was critical to the gay community here. Compare that to the disastrous response to the disease in NYC to see what I mean. Barry, for all the bad over the last 35 years, was also one of the original Freedom Riders, a man who kept poor Black families clothed and fed after the ’68 riots, and the person without whom DC almost certainly would not have gotten Home Rule, at least not in the ’70s. I certainly railed against him for the last 15 years, but even I will admit he did more than anyone else to combat the growing inequality in this city, where the average white household income is almost $100K, and where for Black families it’s barely a third of that. He was, as they say, a very complex person, and to understand DC, you need to understand not just Barry post-2000, but Barry from about 1960 onwards.

      • You’ve just described most of Congress.

  • If I were walking by that mural, I would not have guessed that was Marion Barry. Whatever I thought about him, his politics, or his failings, I wish his family, friends, and those that cared about him comfort. I also hope that someone looks into how a man can leave a hospital and leave a fairly upbeat message for a friend making plans for the next day, only to die hours later.

    • Emmaleigh504

      He was 78 and didn’t have great health, that’s how leaves the hospital and dies hours later. It’s not a conspiracy, it’s old age.

      • tonyr

        That’s the circle of life, unless you have some evidence otherwise. My mother went into the hospital for an successful hip replacement and a couple of days later died from cardiac arrest. Sometimes thats the way it goes.

      • News says he was in cardiac arrest when he arrived at the hospital – he was in poor health and it isn’t surprising the MDs couldn’t revive him.
        He made a positive difference in the lives of many people in his community; rest in peace Mayor Barry.

        • I don’t think anon 6:53 was hinting at conspiracy, why would you even think that? If there was a conspiracy he would have been long gone ago. I think the concern is about medical malpractice, did the MDs make a mistake allowing him to leave hospital the first time?

          RIP Mayor Barry

          • Ding ding, we have a winner!

            Howard Hospital has a great cardiology wing, who let Marion Barry leave HH (which was better equipped than Unity to handle cardiac arrest) and be moved to Unity? I don’t get it at all. I hope some doctors get called to account to explain this, but I don’t think patient privacy laws would allow such an accounting to take place in the public eye.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Of course! I guess I just like a good conspiracy theory. I also don’t automatically assume the hospital is at fault when an elderly man who has been in bad health leaves the hospital in good shape only to die hours later. It’s not negligence it’s old age.

    • “I also hope that someone looks into how a man can leave a hospital and leave a fairly upbeat message for a friend making plans for the next day, only to die hours later.”
      This is just indicative of Barry’s personality, not the doctors’ irresponsibility. The man ran through life at 100 mph and was a total workaholic. Remember, this is the same guy who was shot through the chest (with the bullet barely missing his heart) and was back at work in his office within a month. That’s nuts.
      Doctors are human and can’t predict everything. Barry was in poor health, so it’s not surprising that some small complication would trigger his death. My guess is that the doctors told him to take it easy, but he didn’t listen to them.
      I think the more complicated question we should be talking about is:
      “Did Marion Barry live up to his potential?”
      Personally, I think he could have accomplished even more if it were not for his distracting personal problems. Which were, of course, driven by a sensationalistic media hungry for a story about an irredeemable black leader.

    • Oh I’m sure his family will sue the hospital at some point…

  • I hope it actually looks like him when it’s done.

  • Barry lived a remarkable life. He was an interesting and complex figure that was a key symbol of DC’s transition for a Jim Crow Southern city to the mecca for the empowerment of working class Black people.

  • Apparently a good, flawed man that will no doubt will be remembere more kindly than Cosby.

  • Thanks for closing the comments on the death of Marion Barry PoP. Knew that was going to get nasty FAST. RIP Mayor For Life.

  • I highly encourage folks with a singular view of the man to watch “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry”. The documentary highlights both his successes and failures. It’s a fair depiction of the guy as a flawed human being who did good things and bad things.


  • marion or fat albert? that mural is horrible

  • Horrible painting!

  • Paint over it please… @jay_creative_arts on Instagram could do a much better job. Someone hire him please, I can’t look at that painting anymore.

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