State Sen. Vicki Marble’s Chicken Obsession
Republican state senator Vicki Marble stood in front of Colorado legislature’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force and unleashed a heaping pile of racist health talking points on everybody.
When the topic of minorities and infant mortality came up, Sen. Marble shared this gem:
Borrowing from our resident Angry Black Lady, let’s break this down, line by amazing line:
When you look at life expectancy, there are certain problems in the black race.
:: SIGH:: She’s already stepped in it, “the black race”? How many drops of Black blood does one need to be a member of “the black race?” Do mixed race people count? Are we paper-bag testing to see who is and isn’t a member of the black race?
Sickle cell anemia is something that comes up.
So, she heard that Black people get Sickle Cell Disease, but does she even know what that is? Does she realize that it’s been in decline since 2002 thanks to a new vaccine?
Diabetes is something that is prevalent in the genetic makeup.
Yes, you can have a genetic predisposition to diabetes, but the reason for the racial disparities amongst people who suffer from diabetes is far more complicated. Considering Sen. Marble is on a POVERTY TASKFORCE maybe she should shut-up about black genetics and focus on diabetes rates in poorer communities.
Although I gotta say, I’ve never had better BBQ and better chicken and ate better in my life then when you go down south, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it.
Now she’s just gone off the rails, was this an attempt at an open-faced compliment sandwich, with some barbecue on the side? And while everybody loves barbecue, those genetically magical Negroes she’s talking about must REALLY love chicken. I can’t with this, take it away Democratic Representative Rhonda Fields:
The name of this committee is Economic Opportunity and Poverty Reduction and one of the things that I will not tolerate is racist and insensitive remarks about African Americans, the color of their skin, what you mention that we eat? I was highly offended by your remarks. And I will not engage in a dialogue where . . . you are using the stereotype references about African Americans and chicken and food. That is not what this committee is about. I ask that you suspend your perceptions and your judgment about African Americans and poverty. What we’re trying to do is come up with meaningful solutions. It’s not about chicken.
In other words: Respectfully, sit your ass down.
Sen. Marble responded by throwing up her “I’m not racist” card,
It’s not racist, it’s bringing out the facts so you can be aware and take better care of yourself . . .
And this right here is why we can’t be free. Actually, this is why we can’t be healthy. The real problem is we have wildly overpriced healthcare in this country and a population without access to it. Black and Latino folks overall are poorer than white people in this country, which means they can’t afford to stay healthy. It is NOT because we have special race midi-chlorians that make us more susceptible to the dangers of chicken. It’s the fact that some of our representatives have a subliterate grasp of science and medicine and yet continue to make decisions about the future of our health care.
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