Yesha Callahan

Lawmaker Blames Poverty on Chicken


Vicki Marble & Rhonda Fields

Colorado State Sen. Vicki Marble (R) is attempting to clear up a recent misunderstanding about comments she made during a recent meeting.  On Wednesday, during the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force at the Capitol  lawmakers 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.”

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.

Marble continued: “The Mexican diet in Mexico with all of the fresh vegetables, and you go down there and they are much thinner than they are up here. They’ve changed their diet. I’ve read studies on that.”

Also in attendance was Rep. Rhonda Fields, (D) Aurora, and immediately took issue with the comments, calling them “racist” and “insensitive”.

“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 directly.

“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.  It’s not about eating chicken.”

In defense of her statement, Marble of course released an “apology” and explanation:

“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.”

Well, thankfully she didn’t say chicken and watermelon.


  1. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    And she is a senator, SMH. When you don’t know what to say it’s just best to keep your mouth shut.

  2. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    I think Rep. Fields gave a great answer to that idiot’s comment.

  3. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    Representative Marble sounds like she has marbles for brains!

  4. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    i’m offended as if all black people in america eat the same food…tired of the stereotypes and the 1 dimensional representation of african americans…

  5. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    The stupid things white folks say….Im over it.

  6. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    Wasn’t Mexico just named the fattest nation in the world? What is she talking about in regards to Mexico??

    And where did the white chick say anything about black people’s skin color???

    • August 22, 2013 - Reply


      This! Mexico has taking first place as the fattest nation in the world. Basically, it all just means that this woman should not be taken seriously and no one should look to her for sound advice. Some people enjoy the sounds of their own voice so much that they say the most stupid things in the most intelligent voice that they can put together. It’s just noise.

  7. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    Vicki Marble has the face only a mother could love.

    That’s all I got. *shrugs*

  8. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    Her whole quote was stupid and didn’t make any sense. I am so glad that Fields responded to her ignorance.

  9. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    There is always that one person sitting at the table who tries to come off sounding intelligent and informed and always end up uttering nothing but foolishness, that is Vicki Marble. I love how she said she had read studies about it, you can tell she is trying hard to make her case..dwl. I know I should take this serious, but I cannot help but laugh, pure comedy.

  10. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    These people say the dumbest sh*t and actually believe it. I swear I can’t believe these people are in office…oh wait yes I can and they wonder why this country is in the state that it is in.

  11. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    First off my hats off to black people in meaningful public positions. Lord knows those people have to eat crow every single hour; listening to racist, sexist jokes, working incompetent men/women and being the lone voice for all blacks only because they are the only black in their circle. Black officials deal with real public issues that require solutions at the request of the federal government—who–gave them the money to make these studies, host these summit meetings and convene in a 4 star hotel not infested w/bed bugs.

    About 3 weeks ago, there was an article that said that we don’t have friends outside our ethnicity. If we go back to that article…a lot of blacks said (int he comment section) that their friends are black or mainly black.

    So this lady doesn’t have any black friends—and if she did—would it really matter (Paula Deen).

    So the lady was trying to say that if blacks laid off the fried chicken they would live longer. And she wasn’t tactful. And she put her foot in her mouth. and……………..whatever.

    I don’t fault her. She tried. I guess. But by now people we should know that these white senators and regulators and judges and doctors and lawyers and…..whatever…are not the smartest people in the room. It seems to me that black people believed the hype that white people were superior and when they make a blunder…..everyone is shocked and outraged! Why???? Especially when we have proven that white power (now coined white privilege) allows for the dullest knife in the drawer to have prestige and power.

    When are we going to be like the Asians and Indians and everyone else and just get the degrees, make money and build wealth. Cause all the Africans from the Caribbean on down is just filling up these chemistry and law classes. They don’t flinch when white people act a fool. They don’t. We cry and protest and wanna’ know why yt don’t love us… but the other dark meat is stacking paper like no tomorrow.

    Frankly….I’m jealous.

    • August 25, 2013 - Reply

      @The Comment

      “… just get the degrees, make money and build wealth.”

      “…don’t flinch when white people act a fool.”


      Puzzling to me WHY “white” is used as a compass for “anything” of substance, value or quality. Hmm, perhaps it’s mental residue of SLAVE days gone bye-bye.

  12. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    Its chicken’s fault damn I thought it was collard greens and cornbread by bad.

  13. August 22, 2013 - Reply

    Wow, Marbles really lost her marbles with that one. She went from point A to to point F with that “logic,” and skipped all the letters in between.

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