Colorado State Legislator Blames Black Poverty On ‘Fried Chicken’
It happened during a meeting of the state’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force. Predictably, it did not go over well:
Democratic lawmakers couldn’t believe their ears as they listened to Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, deliver a long soliloquy explaining that more blacks and Hispanics live in poverty, in part, because of fried chicken. …
“When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race: sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up, diabetes is something that’s prevalent in the genetic makeup and you just can’t help it,” Marble said. “Although I’ve got to say, I’ve never had better BBQ and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down south and you — I love it.” …
According to Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Arvada, “there was an audible gasp in the room.”
Moments later, Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, responded to Marble on the record — and she didn’t pull any punches.
“The title for this committee is the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force; and one of the things I will not tolerate is racist and insensitive comments about African Americans, the color of their skin. You mentioned what we eat — I was highly offended by your remarks,” Fields said, addressing Marble directly.
Audio of Marble’s moment in the sun can be heard at the link. (Hat tip: TPM.)