[Editor's note: With the 50th anniversary of the MLK, Jr. Speech in Washington this seems particularly appropriate.]
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is both a rising and falling star in Republican circles warned against the party becoming the “Party of the Stupid”. He must have had Colorado State Senator Vicki Marble in mind.
The comments came during a meeting of the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force Wednesday at the 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
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.”
Fortunately in this instance there was an intelligent and articulate person ready to respond.
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
“I will not engage in a dialogue where I’m in the company where you are using the stereotype references about African Americans and chicken and food and all kinds of things. I will just not tolerate that,” Fields continued.
“This is not what this committee is all about. So I will ask that you suspend your perceptions and judgments about African Americans, about poverty — what we’re trying to do is come up with solutions and it’s not about chicken.
As far as Ms. Marble is concerned, she is now the epitome of a comedian whose watch phrase is “You can’t fix stupid”.
No, you cannot, you can only vote it out of office.