Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Statue to Debut
While Leftists tear down historical statues that don’t suit their narratives, they build others.
As DC Curbed reports,
In November 2014, former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, Jr. passed away at the age of 78, and since then, there have been plans to memorialize him with a statue. The $300,000, eight-foot-tall statue will be installed outside the John A. Wilson Building along Pennsylvania Avenue NW on Saturday, March 3 at 11:30 a.m. with a dedication by Mayor Muriel Bowser and Council Chair Phil Mendelson.
The statue is commissioned by the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) in partnership with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and the Marion Barry Commission. The artist behind the statue is Maryland-based Steven Weitzman of Weitzman Studios.
Barry, dubbed Mayor for Life, is known for being elected mayor four times, his time in the D.C. Council, and a scandal that led to him being convicted of a misdemeanor cocaine possession. On Barry, the Washington Post’s Marc Fisher once wrote that “no other mayor has come close to his achievement in providing first jobs for poor young black residents.”
D.C. Councilmember and former Mayor Vincent Gray said, “The impact that Marion Barry had on the District is invaluable. Washingtonians continue to benefit from his efforts as mayor, a councilmember, civil rights activist, and an incomparable leader.”
Given the statue controversy, one would think the Democrats would look for a better representative.
$300,000 isn’t a lot of money in DC terms, however the money could be put to much better use, in my opinion.
You can be sure that if Marion Barry were a white man, no such statue would be erected. The standard would have been higher, as it should be. Do you think anybody would remember Jackie Robinson if he were a failed baseball player with a crack cocaine habit?
What of the venerable Martin Luther King, Jr? Would America have a holiday for him, if he had been caught trying to buy cocaine from undercover FBI agents?
Holy Mother of Malcolm X, what the hell are black Leftists thinking? I say this, but I’m not shocked.
Black clowns want to honor Michael Brown, Jr., a thug who robbed a store and tried to kill a cop. Anything to continue the false narratives of blacks doing good, despite being bad people.
Hell, Leftists all over American have named streets for Barack Obama, undoubtedly the worst president in American history. How many buildings will strip his name off in the future, when America regains its sanity? Answer: LOTS!
As for Marion Barry, I’m sure he has some redeeming qualities. I bet his intentions for DC were good. Isn’t that what most people believe about broken marriages. The intentions of both participants were good. But when the husband started seeing prostitutes and developed a crack habit, things went awry.
I’m not sure who said it, but the statement is true: The path to hell is indeed paved with good intentions.