Before you read this article, beware. The ignorance is deep in this one, and it burns. After the release of a study by the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force, Colorado Senate Senate Republican Vicki Marble dug herself yet another chasm of racism from which she will need to escape with statements about African-American, poverty, racism, and barbeque. The comments about drug abuse were almost an afterthought.
Marble used the get-out-of-racist-jail-free card, thinking it would save her, by explaining she had African-American people living in her house at some point when she made the observation that they love to cook, and they love to eat.
[box type=”shadow”]“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. You can’t stereotype them (black people) for doing what they do.”[/box]
Marble went on to show her complete and thorough ignorance of how poverty plays a key factor in the food people eat by saying, “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.”
She must have been too busy to notice that new-fangled invention called “the internet” to educate herself about food not playing any part at all in sickle-cell anemia, and the differences between Type I and Type II diabetes.
After uttering that blatant stereotype, she goes on to say we shouldn’t buy into stereotypes. “People aren’t all the same. You don’t just cookie-cutter them out and say, ‘You have to listen to this.'”
Marble went on to say that the butt-hurt in the African-American and Latino communities is what keeps them from understanding the importance of diet and exercise in a healthy lifestyle. “Don’t let your sensitivities get in the way of a healthy lifestyle, or educating yourself about new things…” she concluded. In other words, if you’re African-American, get over it, quit eating fried chicken and barbeque, and quit being lazy.
For the record, white people use drugs with greater frequency than African-American people do.
You can hear Vicki Marble ramble on here about things she knows absolutely nothing about, but again beware. There is a concern that stupidity might be contagious.
h/t: Colorado Statesman