For Some, Silence is Golden


When an article starts like this, what could go wrong?

Democratic lawmakers couldn’t believe their ears as they listened to Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, deliver a long soliloquy explaining that more blacks and Hispanics live in poverty, in part, because of fried chicken.

The exchange isn’t quite as mean-spirited as you might you might expect from that intro. It’s more just someone who goes on what Derek Smalls once called a free form jazz exploration/stream of consciousness soliloquy that just goes in all sorts of unfortunate directions.

An African-American Democratic Rep, Rhonda Fields, who was at the hearing went off thusly …

“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.”

You can listen to the whole audio here.


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