Marion Barry Goes On Epic Twitter Rant For DC Statehood To Celebrate July 4

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former Washington, D.C., mayor and current Ward 8 councilmember Marion Barry Jr. used the Fourth of July and a famous speech by Frederick Douglas as a starting point for an epic Twitter tirade about freedom and the lack of statehood for the District.

“So before you grab that hot dog to celebrate someone else’s freedom you should know that as a DC resident you are NOT,” Barry tweeted in an online soliloquy that lasted more than 45 minutes, characterizing Washington, D.C., as “colonized.”

Below is Barry’s digital polemic in full.

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