A Republican state senator in Colorado is coming under fire after implying at a hearing on Wednesday that African-Americans and Hispanics faced increased poverty because they ate more fried chicken.
Sen. Vicki Marble (R) offered the remarks while the legislature's Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force was examining statistics behind racial disparity in the poverty rate, according to KDVR.
"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 barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down south and you — I love it."
"The Mexican diet, in Mexico, with all of the fresh vegetables, and you go down there and they're much thinner than they are up here, they've changed their diet," she continued.
Marble went on to mention "alcoholics, rageoholics, drug addicts, you have people, they say, who are addicted to porn."
Democratic state Sen. Evie Hudak told KDVR that “there was an audible gasp in the room."
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Good lord -- The Gadfly just knows that the ghost of Scarlett O'Hara rose out of her grave and busted out some bad ass break dancing moves while listening to that woman speak.
Oh -- and can we finally arrive at a consensus which postulates that whenever a conservative Republican whips out the words "genetic makeup" while expounding on the subject of people of color, can we just cut off their mic right on the spot and move on to the next dumb ass wingnut?
Btw -- when Ms. Marblehead was "down south," The Gadfly doesn't suppose that she only had the opportunity to hang around solely with a bunch of skinny Vegan southerners -- did she? The Gadfly has been down south, lived down south. And nobody can tell The Gadfly that the whole shitload of obese white people that The Gadfly encountered during his deep south living experience didn't have a "genetic makeup" that endeared them to a pretty fucking wide gamut of fatty, greasy foods, including fried chicken - not that there's anything wrong with that - aside from the obvious health implications. As long as it is deep fried and slathered in butter, believe The Gadfly -- those southern cracker motherfuckers will eat it.
Jeebus . . . . the ignorance of the Vicki Marbles of the world give The Gadfly a headache sometimes.