Colorado Republican State Senator Vicki Marble who serves on the US legislature’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force, during a task force discussion about poverty, referenced chicken as one of the reasons for health problems —including sickle-cell anemia — in the black community. According to Marble also Mexicans ate healthier in their native country before immigrating to the United States, an opinion that clashes with a recent report that Mexico is the world’s most overweight industrialized nation.
Two of her Democratic colleagues Sen. John Kefalas of Fort Collins and Rep. Rhonda Fields of Aurora said Marble’s comments not only reinforced stereotypes, but that they also are inaccurate; to which Marble later issued a statement expressing sorrow about how her comments “were taken.”
Here’s Marble’s statement:
“When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race,” Marble said. “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.
“Although I’ve got to say, I’ve never had better barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down South and you, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it.”
Is it just me or is low-intelligence a prerequisite for Republican Party membership?