Marion Barry Disappoints, Hilda Solis Makes Us Proud




How Marion Barry, the former mayor of the nation’s capital, keeps getting elected to the city council is beyond comprehension. At his election night victory party, Barry was caught on camera decrying Asian-owned businesses in his ward: “We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses, those dirty shops. They ought to go. I’ll just say that right now, you know. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.” Simply vile and uncalled for. In 1990, while Barry was serving as mayor of D.C., he was arrested on drug charges and served six months in federal prison. Nevertheless, he was still elected to office once released from prison. He was arrested in 2009 for stalking his ex-girlfriend, and although the charges were later dismissed, Barry’s antics are disappointing. He should resign from public office after having a very colorful political career. I’m sending Barry a chanclaso for once again embarrassing the good people of Washington, D.C.  


I’ve long been a big fan of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis for being a fierce advocate for immigrant rights. Solis has endeared herself even more to the workers of this country by naming the Labor Department’s auditorium the César E. Chávez Memorial Auditorium in honor of the legendary United Farm Workers co-founder. Chávez organized thousands of farmworkers for better wages, won collective bargaining rights for farm workers, and tirelessly dedicated his life to improving the working conditions of migrant workers. Chávez is a true American hero, and it’s great that Solis is recognizing the tremendous contribution that Chávez made to the American worker. Viva César Chávez!

I’m sending Brittney Griner an aplauso for leading the Baylor Bears to the NCAA Women’s Championship by defeating Notre Dame 80-61.  Baylor never lost a game all year, becoming the first women’s team to win 40 games in a season, and finishing with an incredible 40-0 record. Griner was the most dominating player all season and will go down as one of the all-time greats in the women’s game. Baylor will be expected to repeat as champions with Griner returning next season.  o Baylor!

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Sergio Lopez is a San Antonio, Texas native based in Washington, D.C. His weekly blog, El Chanclaso, examines political shenanigans and current events with a chancla firmly in hand and ready to fire. See who gets hit and who dodges with an aplauso. Consider yourself warned. Now, behave!