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Hear Senator Vicki Marble compliment black people on their awesome BBQ and chicken

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Senator Vicki Marble, come on down! You're the next contestant on The Politics is Wrong!

Marble, a Republican from Fort Collins, was apparently trying to be sympathetic to African-Americans at a State Capitol meeting yesterday, but her words sure as hell didn't come out that way -- unless you think comments about "problems in the black race" were balanced by compliments to the BBQ and chicken served down South. Get details and hear the audio below.

Marble's gaffe came amid a gathering of the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force. As reported by Fox31 and heard in an audio clip obtained by ColoradoPols, she was trying to address "a number of statistics highlighting racial disparities in the poverty rate," but had trouble making her point due to the way her foot kept sneaking into her mouth.

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Marble's campaign photo.
"When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race," she 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 love it...."

To make a bad situation even worse for Marble, the task force includes Representative Rhonda Fields, an African-American who was subjected earlier to this year to allegedly threatening, racially charged e-mails that resulted in criminal charges against the sender, Frankin Sain.

Fields didn't hesitate to blister her colleague. Her response, also featured in the clip below, includes her statement that "one of the things that I will not tolerate is racist and insensitive remarks about African-Americans, the color of their skin, what you mentioned that we eat. I was highly offended by your remarks."

Fields subsequently took to Twitter and shared the following....

...which Representative Joe Salazar echoed in this tweet:

As for Marble, she subsequently issued the following mea culpa: "My comments were not meant to be disparaging to any community. I am saddened they were taken in that regard. I take my responsibility seriously and I hope our work on this committee will offer real solutions to the health and financial challenges of our vulnerable populations."

Does this reply fix the situation? Decide after listening to the following -- and double-checking a calendar to reassure yourself that this is indeed still 2013.

More from our Politics archive circa February: "Franklin Sain to gun-control backers: 'Hopefully somebody Giffords both of your asses.'"


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51 comments
bugsycook
bugsycook

I am German, our cuisine is high in fat, she could have said she loves a great German brat BBQ but that its not exactly healthy and I wouldn't have gotten my lederhosen in a bunch over it

Denver Critic
Denver Critic

This story got national attention and it reflects poorly on our entire state. Why isn't SHE up for recall?

Shawnda Webb
Shawnda Webb

This crap makes me sick. How can people still puke this diarrhea out of their mouths?

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

you are a douche. if you do not see how a senator should not of said what she did...you are also a fucking idiot. you can not stereotype a group of people. you can not hint that blacks have diabetes cause all the fried chicken and bbq. is fried chicken and bbq the only thing black people eat? do all black people eat bbq and fried chicken? your comment is beyond irrelevant. saying "the best meal i ever had was cooked by a black lady" is different than saying "black people sure know how to cook fried chicken"...god you are retarded. "black people sure like watermelon" no..thats not a racist stereotype at all. all black people like watermelon, right?. "cardiovascular disease and cancer are a problem with the irish...although i never had better whiskey" no...thats not a racist stereotype at all. all irish are drunks and make good liquor and if someone irish has cancer or cardiovascular disease it is because of the awesome whiskey, right?

Karen Erickson
Karen Erickson

Horribly out of line but at least she's advertised her ignorance and we now know what kind of a person she is.

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

What a twit. MARBLE: "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… 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 love it and everybody loves it. The Mexican diet in Mexico with all of the fresh vegetables. And you go down there and they’re much thinner than when they come up here… they change their diet."

Kyle Geoghegan
Kyle Geoghegan

I don't get how this is racism. It's like people are jumping at the chance to pull the race cards these days. Heaven forbid you compliment a black person about their ability to cook food. The best meal I ever had was made by a black lady, out of her home, and *GASP* she made fried chicken!

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Shes Dumb as Fuck, And Saying Thanks Black people for BBQ and Chicken. Wow I didnt know we was the only ones who cook it Massa. She wont be a Senator for Long. And her political career is over. Although since Black People are only good for BBQ And Chicken She should call Paula Deen and then can open up a BBQ Chicken Shack and employee Black People in Cute Little Slave outfits. I mean Uniforms. Thats like saying Thank mexicans for the good fucking Burritos. Everyone eats BBQ and Chicken. Stupid Cunt.

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

I don't really think any one here cares how *you* decide to categorize or define her behavior, because you're trying to make it less serious and it is serious...you're splitting hairs, and what is the point of that? Can YOU not see that what she said was incredibly shitty and ignorant and that we should not have people like this making decisions for the entirety of their constituencies? Did you have a point when you said "she is selective in who she talks to. so...."? Also, serving in the Marine Corps and being an occupying force in another country doesn't exactly make you a qualified authority on racism and white privilege.

Jason Romo
Jason Romo

Thanks, your replies did not disappoint... I served in the Marine Corps for 4 years, and I was in Afghanistan for over 3 years as a contractor... I know "ethnics" and I know what a comedian is, and I know what a senator is, I also know what racism and stereotyping is, and I know there is a difference. This is a politically charged article, from a politically charged zine... how do we not see this? I'm not justifying what she said, because I would never say it, I'm just saying it's not racist, and I don't think she has a hood and gown in her closet. Did you guys listen to the recording... or...??? Did you not notice the race baiting by Rhonda? I have met her a few times when I was in the Marine Corps and I was excited to talk to her as a representative of CO, and I will tell you one thing... she is selective in who she talks to. so....

Kyle Stych
Kyle Stych

If she's from the Fort, she's probably never met a black person.

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

You couldn't ask for her to be any more honest about what a racist bitch she is.

Ryan Darling
Ryan Darling

Chapelle is a comedian, Marble is a SENATOR, a bad one at that.

Travis Santoro
Travis Santoro

Yeah one is satire the other is a f-ing joke. If you don't care about what was said WHY POST ABOUT NOT CARING? Guess if you were ethnic or know anyone who was you would start caring.

Mish Desmarais
Mish Desmarais

She is being racist and you can't use Dave Chapelle as an example. He is a comedian and his job is to say stuff people might think about and not usually say. Comedians say horrible stuff all the time to get laughs, it's what they do. Senators on the other hand have no business talking like that. They are public servants to every citizen regardless of race and should be held accountable. It's a free country and you can say what you want, but that doesn't shield you from public backlash.

Danny Green
Danny Green

year Dave Chapelle can blow up us honky's and we find it uber funny. Good point.

Danny Green
Danny Green

You all voted for her NOCO.... next time do your homework.

Julie Miller
Julie Miller

No, I think Shields is the biggest racist in the State of Colorado. People in Aurora who voted for her should be ashamed.

Jason Romo
Jason Romo

Who cares, it's a free country, say what you want... it's not racist by the way, she's stereotyping... which is not racism.... just so you know. If Dave Chipelle said it, or said something similar about white people, you would all be laughing. I agree, it's not an avenue a senator should be going down, or anybody in public service, but we're all human, so suck it up buttercup, and stop trying to feel good about yourself by pointing out others flaws and calling people racist.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

I should add that Miz Marble is not very articulate, tried to be politically correct and failed miserably.  Is she racist?  NO.

maxplanck0
maxplanck0

Marble's smug statement is a mere C.Y.A. and her statements serve as avid reminder of how far we are from the intents of Rev. King's "I Have a Dream Speech" delivered 50 years ago. Marble's use of racial stereotypes are also a sad reflection on those who voted to have her represent them as well although there will be the usual knuckle-dragging Neanderthals who'll categorize any criticism of her comments as rampant political correctness.

Have at it, boys. 

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

what?! no love for watermelon...or their ability to pick cotton? what is with all the racism lately? how can a senator seriously be stupid enough to say such things?

Ben Rodriguez
Ben Rodriguez

I listened. Her rant made no sense at all...just yapping with no point.

Blayne McMillan
Blayne McMillan

If people keep making comments without actually listening to the full recording they deserve to be slapped.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

What a bunch of shit.  It seems like Rhonda Fields was looking for any excuse to be offended.  This plays right into the "we are victims and therefore are not responsible for our plight" mentality.  Why doesn't she talk about the real problems?

1.  Over 72% of blacks are born to a single mother.

2. Raised without a traditional family structure and a father, young black men reject education and gravitate to drugs and crime.  

3.  Blacks make up 13% of the population in the US yet are responsible for over half of the murders.  Blacks are responsible for a hugely disproportionate number of all violent crimes, as well.     

Blacks need to take some personal responsibility and stop blaming  whites for their problems.   In my opinion, racism is indeed prevalent in the US.  It is the racism of blacks against whites.  

Jelena Subotić
Jelena Subotić

Where did she "compliment black people on their awesome BBQ and chicken?" I must have listened to a different audio recording.

Shannon Fender
Shannon Fender

The problem with Senator Marble - and those who think like/vote for her - is that she FOR REAL doesn't think her perceptions about minorities are racist. She just can't wrap her head around the fact that saying "the black race" are just inherently unhealthy and they love their fried chicken is grotesquely full of prejudice; to her, that's just the way it is. Very disheartening.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Jordan Snyder     Golly jordan, instead of jumping on a vet, why don't you exercise your right  (you know, one of the rights that Jason was fighting for)  and not vote for her.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Jason Romaniec    Thanks for your service dude!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Kyle Stych      Gosh Kyle, do you not think representative Fields is a black person? 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Jason Romaniec Very interesting post, Jason. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Adj Hernandez Nice visual aid, Adj. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Aaron LeForce Thanks for pointing out the omissions, Aaron -- and for posting.

joshgroban
joshgroban

@fishingblues That was Fields' point. We *should* be discussing these issues, which stem from economic disparities.. the history of race in our country. Instead of this goofy stereotyping shit. Do I think Marble is racist? I don't know her, so I can't say. But she made a dumb comment.

"It is the racism of blacks against whites." What? I'm so so sorry you feel so discriminated against. Must be hard to be so oppressed.

Nikki_S
Nikki_S

@fishingblues

"According to the United States Department of Justice, whites accounted for 45.3% of all homicide offenders from 1980 to 2008, blacks accounted for 52.5%, with 2.2% Native Americans and Asians. The offending rate for blacks was almost 8 times higher than whites, and the victim rate 6 times higher. Most murders were intraracial, with 84% of white homicide victims murdered by whites, and 93% of black victims murdered by blacks."

Cooper, Alexia (2012). Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008. p. 3. ISBN1249573246.

I guess since I'm Asian I would say that you "whites" need to take some personal responsibility and quit pretending that 45.3% is so much less than the 52.4%. But maybe you could start by not cherry picking statistics that help defend your delusional opinion that the 72.4% of "whites" in the American population are constantly victims of those mean, angry, chicken-loving 12.4% of "blacks". It must be pretty hard trolling the internet all day trying to convince people that you know anything about experiencing racism.

exegetical18
exegetical18

@michael.roberts   You're welcome I guess... The thing is, I didn't write that, I'm not sure who did.  I think may have left the internet open at school, there has been some other stuff written in messages that I'm not too happy about as well.  I'm not sure who wrote it, but if I catch him, I'll be sure to pass the message along.  Do you think you can take it down?  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@joshgroban @fishingblues              Well gosh, josh, the FACT that blacks are more racist than whites does not effect me in the least.  I am not looking for an excuse nor do I need one.  (By the way, I grew up poor.  I worked full time to pay my way through college.  No one has ever given me anything, especially not the government and I sure as hell do not want  their handouts.   And, it seems to me the Irish suffered discrimination somewhere in the history of the country.  We just never used it as an excuse for failure.) 

What exactly are you claiming was Fields' point?  I didn't hear her say (nor would anyone ever hear her say) that 72% out of wedlock births was a major contributing factor.  What is economic about that?  Are you saying poor people have a greater propensity to be single?  Or they are more inclined to get pregnant while single?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Nikki_S @fishingblues   Golly nikki, I bet if I went to an Asian country, I'd experience plenty of racism.  

Did they not teach mathematics where you went to school or how about reading comprehension?  Let me try again:

Population % and  homicide  percent --

White:        63%                and      45.3% of homicides

Hispanic   16.9%             and        **included in white stats (1)

Black          13.1%            and      52.5%

http://www.futurity.org/society-culture/skewed-stats-distort-black-crime-reports/

http://www.colorofcrime.com/colorofcrime2005.pdf    *** You might take note that Asians are 9 times more likely to be in a gang than whites.  Pretty good chance that you are in one Nikki.

(1) Hispanics are roughly three times more likely than whites to commit a violent crime.  

So, nikki, you little twit, who's the troll?  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Barney @fishingblues    Well golly barney, you sure told me off, you  little twit.  But then, with a name like "barney",  what could one expect? 

Barney
Barney

@fishingblues @Barney Yes, I'm sure you're king of the trailer park.  How's that for a positive stereotype?  You are alone.  You post all day long seeking attention and exactly zero people agree with you.  Maybe if they held Klan or Tea Party rallies on the internet you'd get some love.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Barney @fishingblues   So you're purple and not pink. Only a pussy, nimrod would care about the slight difference.    

Oh, and i'm not alone, I just stay away from losers  like yourself.  

"Positive stereotype" - that's pretty funny.  

Barney
Barney

@fishingblues @Barney Ah, the ignorant douche trifecta;  The Barney you refer to is purple; negative stereotypes are ok with you; but positive stereotypes are a no-no.  You are alone in this world.  Very alone.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Barney Gol dang barn, when you say "100% of us", are you saying 100% of fat, pink dinosaurs or 100% of the three year olds that watch him? 

By the way, your comment  could be construed as a racist statement  as well.  

Barney
Barney

@fishingblues @Nikki_S Sorry you lose.  When it comes to math, 100% of us believe an Asian, educated or not, over an allegedly college educated redneck.

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