Glory, Scandal, Redemption, Nostalgia, and Marion Barry
Is our fascination with nostalgia some sort of attempt to forge the stories of our own struggles and redemption?
If so, consider some scandal nostalgia: it might be for a financial scandal (Michael Milken), a sex scandal (Michael Jackson), a drug scandal (Robert Downey, Jr.), a criminal scandal (OJ Simpson), or a race-driven scandal (Harry Reid).
However, only Marion Barry, to my knowledge, can lay claim to being involved in all the above scandal categories and yet manage to be continually redeemed by voters.
Faced with a torrent of criticism from his colleagues and other city residents, Marion Barry apologized Thursday afternoon for his Election Day suggestion that Asian business owners in his ward “ought to go.”