Colorado state senator Vicki Marble is no stranger to horrible things coming out of her mouth.
Back in 2013 at a legislative panel on poverty, Marble made a controversial statement that made national news at the time, although it’s hard to remember now after 2017’s already record-setting number of racist remarks from Republicans.
During a portion of the hearing regarding mortality and life expectancy rates of African-Americans, Marble made a direct correlation between deaths of black people and their diet of “chicken and barbecue” (emphasis mine):
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 gotta 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, and everybody loves it.”
Okay, so that’s pretty clearly racist. I mean, you can hear the matter-of-factness in her voice as she says it. And the fact that the audio I just linked (that you should totally go back and click on here in a minute after you read the rest of this) has a response from a black fellow legislator expressing her dismay means that it was taken at the time as a pretty clearly racist thing to say.
On October 9, 11-year-old Ames Mayfield’s Cub Scout den hosted the Senator from Fort Collins, as part of the pack’s Adventure Requirements for “Building A Better World,” from the scouting handbook:
Meet with a government leader, and learn about his or her role in your community. Discuss with the leader an important issue facing your community.”
In an effort to do just that, during a Q&A portion of the event, Ames asked the state legislator about her 2013 comments:
I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat.”
So before I go on, go ahead and click that link from before that had the audio of her saying what she said. Don’t worry, it will open in a new tab. Okay, got it? Because when that 11-year-old Cub Scout said that to her, she lied directly to his face. I’m going to post the video, but for now, imagine an old woman calling a kid stupid as sweetly as she can muster:
I didn’t, that was made up by the media. So, you want to believe it? You believe it. But that’s not how it went down. I didn’t do that. That was false. Get both sides of the story.”
I mean, if you just read those words, you can see what kind of shitty person says them to a f*cking Cub Scout. But the sing-song-y voice she uses to coo it at him is just plain disgusting. And I’m not going to bother with the caps-lock key here, because there are no caps big enough to approximate my anger at this part. After she denied having said the things she said, she f*cking said it again:
We have multicultural foods in the United States and we are very blessed to have it. And we all love it and we all eat it. And we just better figure out our genetics.”
The exchange was enough for one obviously Republican den leader to take exception. No, they didn’t ask this miserable old liar to leave. Mayfield was summarily booted from the pack.
Although the Scouts’ PR Director mumbled some garbage about trying to find Ames a new pack to join, and we “don’t promote any one political position, candidate, or blah blah blah,” I can’t imagine young Ames, who has been a Scout since he was SIX, is jumping at the opportunity to find out which other den leaders are closet racists.
Here’s that video I promised. Try not to punch your screen.
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