AFRICANGLOBE – Democratic lawmakers couldn’t believe their ears as they listened to Colorado 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.
The comments came during a meeting of the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force Wednesday at the Colorado Capitol as lawmakers on the committee were presented with a number of statistics highlighting racial disparities in the poverty rate.
“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.
Marble went on to mention how Mexicans eat vegetables in Mexico but stop eating healthily when they immigrate to the United States.
“These things aren’t good for you,” she continued. “There’s so many attributing factors as to why these graphs look the way they do.”
According to Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Arvada, “there was an audible gasp in the room.” However Vicki Marble had nothing to say about the effects of inbreeding on the health of residents.
See how lawmakers responded and listen to the recording of the comments below.
By: Alix Bryan