WASHINGTON – Two divergent views of Marion Barry's legacy stand in stark contrast with one another.
Outside the nation's capital, Barry was long known as the mayor caught on film smoking crack in an FBI sting. But inside the city he represented, Barry is also remembered as a statesman who helped bring self-government to the people and gave a voice to the poor and working class when he was first elected mayor in 1978.
In some ways, the divide follows racial lines, with whites less forgiving of Barry's personal failings and corruption. Many blacks in Washington say the media perpetuates Barry's downfall and ignores his accomplishments.
Barry died Sunday at 78.