When will Marion Barry grow up?
You know I've been rather reverential of the civil rights pioneers who have passed away recently. Their push for racial equality and justice at a time when it could have cost them their lives is a heroism we all should admire. Yet, some of the veterans of that fight can't quite move beyond the fiery racial rhetoric and appeals that helped lower the barriers to access to opportunity and helped foster a burgeoning black middle class.
Okay, I'm talking about Marion Barry. If you close your eyes and listen to the guy, you'd swear you were back in America circa 1970.
Barry has been concerned that there aren't enough African Americans in senior positions at the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance. So, at a hearing on Monday, the two-time mayor of Washington (whose first crack at the job was interrupted by a drug arrest, conviction and six months in federal prison) and current member of the city council, slammed the agency's director. He accused Julie Hudman of "apartheid-style action" and said she ran an "all-white department," according to a letter from Peter Nickles, attorney general for the District. Nickles demanded an apology from Barry and called his plan to conduct his own racial census of the agency's staff "completely inappropriate." Agreed.
We've all watched leaders from the civil rights era successfully transition from scrappy, young firebrands on the outside to older, savvy inside players who use their knowledge from both worlds to get things done. That was Barry once -- or so I'm told.
| May 6, 2010; 2:14 PM ET
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