Poverty Hearing Explodes After Sen. Marble’s Racist Rant

UPDATE #5: The Denver Post editorial board weighs in on Marble's idiocy:

We are saddened a state lawmaker can be this ignorant in 2013.

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UPDATE #4:

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UPDATE #3: A non-apology finally issued from Sen. Vicki Marble, via FOX 31's Eli Stokols:

Marble released a statement Wednesday night. “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.”

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UPDATE #2: The Fort Collins Coloradoan's Patrick Malone with more reaction:

Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, was chairing the hearing and promptly called a recess to give the situation a chance to simmer down. When the task force reconvened, Fields had left to attend a community meeting.

Kefalas said Marble’s remarks were unsettling.

“Finally, I did end it because she was going on and on,” Kefalas said. “It was disconcerting that she made those comments. I don’t think she always understands the implications of what she says. I was disturbed. It’s incredibly unfortunate that it distracted us from the important work we’re trying to do to extend more opportunity to folks to raise themselves out of poverty.”

Kefalas said he bristled at Marble’s remarks, and as the chair he was torn about whether to let her continue speaking.

“She wasn’t helping herself at all,” he said. “It’s just really sad that this kind of statement and generalizations and stereotypes can come from an elected lawmaker.” [Pols emphasis]

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UPDATE: The Denver Post's Lynn Bartels now with up with a story:

A Republican state senator stunned her colleagues Wednesday during a discussion on poverty when she talked about blacks eating chicken and Mexicans eating vegetables until they move to the United States…

Two Democrats on the committee, Sen. John Kefalas of Fort Collins and Rep. Rhonda Fields of Aurora, later said Marble's comments not only reinforced stereotypes they are inaccurate. They said those in the committee room appeared shocked at the remarks.

Says Bartels, Sen. Marble isn't commenting. Indeed, Marble said quite enough, thank you.

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FOX 31's Eli Stokols reports, audio sent to us a short while ago available above: 

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 comments came during a meeting of the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force Wednesday at the Capitol as lawmakers on the committee 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…"

According to Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Arvada, “there was an audible gasp in the room.”

Moments later, Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, responded to Marble on the record — and she didn’t pull any punches.

Rep. Rhonda Fields' response begins roughly 45 seconds into the clip above. A transcription doesn't really do it justice, so make sure you listen to the whole thing. It should go without saying that whatever ham-fisted point about eating right Sen. Vicki Marble was attempting to make got lost in her rambling showcase of unadulterated racist stereotyping. Sen. Marble proceeded to describe the difference between the diet of "Mexicans in Mexico" versus Mexicans in the United States, and how they are "much thinner down there than they are up here."

Safe to say, Sen. Marble just upped by necessity the GOP's minority outreach budget.

These aren't Marble's first comments to make her fellow Republicans squirm, once having said that "Democrats will do anything to control the way our children learn, live, and even how they act in intimate relationships." And then there was her memorable speech against equal pay for women, declaring "I feel like we've outgrown the Equal Pay Act of 1963." But this time she's taken it to an obviously inappropriate level that not even her party should be able to tolerate. Marble is a close ally of and was elected with support from Dudley Brown and the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, so it will be interesting to see what kind of protection that affords her.

Upshot? It's another opportunity for Colorado Republicans to sort out whether they are the party that put openly racist Jim Welker out to pasture in 2006, or the new one that Photoshops out black people in 2013.

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  1. BlueCatBlueCat says:

    Clearly, no lefty media is needed to make these folks look like maroons. 

  2. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    Don't you want to hear how we've got it all wrong and she has lots of black friends? Have the trolls all clocked out for the day?

  3. EccentricRepublicanEccentricRepublican says:

    We may need to disclose the existence of our time travel legislative recruitment program. When the bench gets thin, we grab a few good prospects from the 1850's and run them in the present day. It usually works out fine.

  4. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    I've been predicting a good old fashioned racist crackup with good Sen. Marble for quite some time. She harbors every peabrained prejudice there is.

  5. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    We elected a black president. There is no more racism in America. Didn’t Sen. Marble get the memo?

    • bullshit!bullshit! says:

      There is only one question I care about, and that is whether Elliot Fladen defends Marble or throws her under the bus.

      • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

        I'm not going to defend her remarks.  What she said was simply not wise and I'll leave it at that.  I will say though that I'd be very surprised if Vicki knew these remarks had racist connotations although that would be obvious to many political observers.  My hope here is that she learns from this ordeal that she is about to go through and emerges a more cautious person from it as I have always thought that she is one of the nicer people in politics. 

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          Ahha — the old "Paula Dean defense" — a mighty popular gambit of late amoung our bigoted . . . er, ignorant . . . er, "nicer people" demographic.  Good old nice, nice, really nice Vicki was just sharing some of her nice favorite old family recipes to help those poor, sick darkies get some nice home-cooked nourishment, right??!!??  Nice, right!!??!!

          (BTW, how's Paula's diabetes working out for her — I mean, not being black or poor, she's probably doing fine, huh??  Any word on Paula's BBQ-induced sickle-cell anemia??  Or, is it just that "black race" that's genetically predisposed to these fried-chicken diseases — let's ask Vicki for the science, OK??)

          Vicki couldn't possibly know anything about the connotations of the spew from her pie-hole, because she's so damn nice??  Really??  Aye ca-fucking-rumba, dude — really??

          Is there really so very much money in defending the indefensible — or, is that just your current super-hero calling??

          • cdsmithus says:

            No, I actually believe Elliot here.  Growing up in rural south Georgia, I've met a large number of racists in my time.  None of them understand that they are racists.  They maintain this whole bizarre alternate world view, in which everyone understands that these things are true, and everyone is just in political correctness self-denial, or is afraid of social retribution from minorities whining unfairly… in fact, I have met plenty of racists who would pride themselves on being friendly and kind.

            In Sen. Marbles had understood that her comments were racist, they'd never have been said.  We get massive screw-ups like this precisely because sometimes even people who work in politics for a living are susceptible to the same racism self-defense reactions as their peers, and let themselves be fooled.

            • dwyer says:

              I agree with your analysis,cd……It is about what the sociologists call a "reference group."  If you spend most of your time with people who are like you and agree with you, then you do not get any negative feedback or any way to reevaluate what you are saying.  Senator Marbles spends her time, I assume, with people who think just like she does…people who are not African-America or educated.  I am sure that Senator Marbles does not have a mean bone in her body…..she does not realize that her remarks are racist.  One question is:  Will she learn from this encounter?

              My bet is absolutely not…and that right now, she is being reassured by her "reference group" that the others are just victims of "political correctness."  And, I don't even have to listen to boyles to know that right now that is what he is saying.

          • bullshit!bullshit! says:

            I know. What a load of mealy-mouthed evasion. Marble evinces every backward ass stereotype known to man. If the "connotations" are not apparent to her, that is only because she is steeped in a backward racist quasi-militia-fringe culture up there in NoCo.

            Disappointing, Elliot. If you want to clean up the GOP, you need to start with Marble not defend her.

  6. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Damn. And Marbles probably is still wondering why people were offended. "What did I say?"

    First time I've seen Senator Rhonda Fields in action. She's effective. No wonder there's a recall committee organizing against her.

  7. ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

    Vicki is a very nice person that doesn't always understand the full impact of what she is saying.  I've always liked her personally and I just hope she learns some significant lessons from the this ordeal she is about to go through. 

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      Nice has nothing to do with it. Most racists aren't monsters. If she really doesn't understand why the things she said are offensive and racist it's because racism is as natural to her as breathing. The first thing she needs to learn is that people see her as a racist because that's what she is.

      It doesn't matter whether your stereotype of those who don't look pretty much like you and come from a similar background is positive or negative, whether you like many of "them" or are generally kind or nice to "them". It's the fact that while you see what you consider your own kind as individuals who aren't all one way or the other, you see 'them" as a block who are like this or who do that that makes you a racist. Plenty of ordinary nice people are too deeply racist to have a clue that they're racist at all. Sounds like she's one of them. 

      • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

        Using an offensive connotation a single time in the manner Vicki did is hardly sufficient evidence to summarily declare her a racist.  

        • exlurker19 says:

          She's an elected official, El.  Elected to represent people she's too stupid to understand she offended (as well as the folks who look and think like her.)  As a LAWYER, El, you know stupidity is not an excuse.

           

          Oh wait, that's ignorance.  But still, defending her because she's ignorant and/or stupid makes you look lamer than usual, Fladen.  Back down.  Save yourself.  The French, sauve qui peut.

          • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

            I agree that her remarks were not bright.  At all.  However there is a major difference between saying something that isn't bright and being a racist. 

            • dwyer says:

              What is that major difference, EF?

              • Diogenesdemar says:

                . . . IOKIYAR ??  

                (. . . that'd be my guess.)

              • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

                As a general rule, intent.  

                • dwyer says:

                  And you would verify that, how?

                  • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

                    Maybe Rhonda Fields could have verified that if she had simply asked Vicki what she meant? 😉

                    • dwyer says:

                      WHAT, EF….you are now outlining the special considerations that should be used in approaching an ignoramus, white country girl type.  She should be approached gently and given the chance to explain herself…and treated very carefully.  

                      It is those uppity blackies who are sooooo aggressive…no wonder poor little Vicki poo had the vapors…..

                      I would like you to keep talking, but it is rare that those on this blog really get a chance to hear how the "other half" really thinks…….these are the attitudes behind the ability of the repubs in Congress to effectively emasculate what is left of the Obama presidency.

                      Carry on, capt'n

                    • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

                      It seems pretty clear from the audio that Vicki didn't realize the gravity of her remarks and how much offense she could cause.  It also seems pretty clear that she was not acting maliciously.

                      In those circumstances the appropriate thing to do would have been to have had a private chat with her (or have had legislative leadership do that).  NOT to have publicly humiliated her like this.  And if Rhonda was concerned with doing the right thing, she could have obtained the above verification at that time. 

                    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

                      So now it's Field's fault?!? You have taken being the official apologist for righties on all racial matters to a whole new level. 

                      Let's see what you're really saying. The African American, one of the objects of the offensive remarks, should be more sensitive to the plight of the poor. ignorant white lady, the real wronged party in all this, who made public statements that demonstrate the viewing of African Americans through the prism of racist stereotypes, not to mention sheer idiocy. How could Fields be so unfair to such a nice ignorant white lady?  Shame on Fields. Let's all show our support for the poor victim.

                      You really are a maroon, Eliot.

                    • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

                      Marble's remarks are solely the fault of Marble.  Field's handling of those remarks though are all her own doing.  She handled the remarks poorly. 

                    • exlurker19 says:

                      Even the DP (scarcely a hotbed of progressivism) is saddened by teh stupid of the Vic(tim) Marbles person and El is stil here, still defending her right to be stupid and saying that Rhonda Fields was being all meangirl and could have been nicer to teh stupid girl.

                      You're sounding more and more like a preteen in your arguments, Fladen.  Go away.

                    • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

                      I am NOT defending Marble's remarks.  I am simply saying that she made them likely without knowing how offensive they would be and that Fields handled the situation poorly

                    • cdsmithus says:

                      The point here is that racism is normally not malicious.  Very few racists say the things they say because they sit down and think "How can I offend some minorities today?"  It's still offensive, and has no place at all in policy discussions by elected officials.  When it happens, well done to those who stand up and make it clear that it's not acceptable!

                    • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

                      If it wasn't malicious, Fields could have handled it better.   A private chat without embarassing Vicki nationally would have been sufficient. 

                    • saywhatsaywhat says:

                      Rep Fields did not embarass Rep. Marble, Rep. Marble embarrassed herself.  Privately taking Rep. Marble aside would not have been enough because disrespecting entire groups is not a private matter.   So often public silence is taken as agreement or at least lack of offense.  After all, "no one said anything about it" must mean it was acceptable.  When it is unacceptable, it is laudable to have the courage to speak out against it.

                • BlueCatBlueCat says:

                  Being racist isn't a crime. Intent has nothing to do with it.  It's like saying a person isn't deluded unless that person intends to be deluded. 

                  Not everything is a legal matter to be viewed through the lens of the rules of courts of law  or what is or isn't contained in this or that statute. Niceness and intent have zip to do being a racist. Lumping  whole groups of people together into stereotypes based on race is racism.   The unconscious racism of nice people is the most insidious and pervasive kind.

                  • Not Dame Edna says:

                    BC, please understand that I do agree with everything you have said on this issue.

                    However, maroon is a color. I think you mean to use the word moron. 

                    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

                      Thanks, Dame Edna, but I meant maroon. It's a real term that is used for someone who is kind of both a moron and a fool.

                    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                      Just for the record..I think the term "maroon" being used instead of moron was a construct first used by Bugs Bunny.

                • AristotleAristotle says:

                  Intent is never necessary for one to be racist. It isn't simply a condition of antipathy or animus toward other races; it's primarily one of ignorance.

  8. MADCO says:

    So – I was prepared to suggest the apologetic phrasing  would  be something  like I am sorry you or anyone would be offended by my comments.

     

    Mr. Fladen has beat me to it.  Elliot – the obvious implication of your weak defense (not intended as assessment of your lawyerly skill or lack of) is that Ms. Marbles problem lies in not understanding the impact of her words. That she may from time to time say unwise things but upon reflection, and perhaps a short learning curve, she will stop saying as she becomes more cautious.

     

    In other words- she can blow the whistle without actually speaking her mind. Or her heart.  Or her colon. Or wherever and whatever it is that is the source of her unwise, less than cautious words.

    Her words suggest she is racist.  Racialist maybe even. But you would defend her because she appears to be "nice."   I understand your desire for niceness in politics, but I would prefer fairness. Equality. Respect. Intelligence. A passionate love of our country and all it's inhabitants and all that it stands for.  

    FWIW – I am glad she said what she believes. I hope she is consistently so honest. At least now I know how to lose those unwanted pounds- I just got to move to Mexico and eat whatever the locals are eating.

  9. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    Look, all she's done is make the perfectly logical point that the higher rate of poverty among blacks is due in part to their increased diabetes rates caused by their love of barbecue and fried chicken. It would be a shame if oversensitivity of others detracts from the seriousness of her point. I am sure we all look forward to hearing Rep. Marble's "real solutions" to these issues.

    (Said with heavy sarcasm, BTW.) 

    • dwyer says:

      Thank you for clarifying.  Your statement is indistinguishable from what will be on the radio all day, today.  Vicki will be the "victim" by the end of the day..and there will be demands for Rep. Fields to apologize….and this will all be added fuel to a recall effort.

  10. vertigo700 says:

    Apparently she didn't catch this latest story either? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/09/mexico-obesity_n_3567772.html

    More important to me is what her district looks like and does her idiotic remarks make it possible to take it in 2016?It looks like her district included all of Broomfield, which went for Obama in 2012 by 5.8 percent. Of course the rest of her district is pretty rural, farming and ex-urbs along I-25. She did win by a bit in 2012 but now she has this baggage so we'll see how she holds up.

    I freaking love Rhonda Fields. In a perfect world, she'd be running and winning against Mike Coffman.

  11. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Why can't we all just eat some [a lot of] fried chicken and drink some [a lot of] beer and get along?

  12. BlueCatBlueCat says:

    Oh and Elliot? maliciousness isn't a  requirement, merely an option, in the definition of racism:

    rac·ism

      [rey-siz-uhm]  Show IPA

    noun

    1.

    a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement,usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.

    It says usually, not always. As I said, niceness is irrelevant.

  13. dwyer says:

    "If it wasn't malicious, Fields could have handled it better.   A private chat without embarassing Vicki nationally would have been sufficient. "

    One of the advantageous that right wing radio dominence affords republicans is that they can spin talking points to their base…make sure that they are all on the same page….  However, because little or no diviation from talking points is tolerated among callers, the repubs don't always have a way to "test out" responses  among those who are not die hard right wingers……EF's remarks here could allow the repubs to test out responses and be prepared to "spin" any negative comments about Vicki….who can be painted as the victim….of Senator Fields….

    Fascinating.  

    • DavieDavie says:

      Nah, I think Elliot just thinks Rep. Fields should suffer fools lightly, particularly if they are Republicans, a target-rich environment.

      I would have posted this higher in reply to Elliot, but that subthread ran out of 'reply' buttons.

  14. Curmudgeon says:

    "If it wasn't malicious, Fields could have handled it better.   A private chat without embarassing Vicki nationally would have been sufficient. "

    Congrats, Elliot. That's the lowest I've seen you sink. You make the worst of the trolls look noble and principled by comparison.

  15. Not Dame Edna says:

    EF, why, in your humble opinion, is Rep. Fields not allowed to express her feelings on Sen. Marble's idiotic comments?

    I can assure you that Senator Marble has never considered anyone's feelings when she has been offended by the reasonable comments of Democrats on the Senate floor.

    • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

      She is allowed to express whatever opinion she wants to express in whatever manner she wants to express it.  However, it is appropriate to hold her accountable if she experesses her opinion in a poor manner.  That is what happened here.  She had the opportunity to handle this with class, by speaking privately with Vicki or having legislative leadership do the same.  She could have even briefly expressed her disagreement in public and had further words in private. 

      She chose to do neither.  Instead, she chose to publicly and nationally humiliate a political rookie for what was obviously an unintentional mistake.  That was her call but it also speaks to her character.  

      • dwyer says:

        "She chose to do neither.  Instead, she chose to publicly and nationally humiliate a political rookie for what was obviously an unintentional mistake.  That was her call but it also speaks to her character."  

         

        EF is referring to Senator Fields.  Absolutely beautifully done, EF.  This should be a textbook case in "damage control" in one of those pr classes up at the newly redesigned

        media school at CU.

        Let me be perfectly clear.  I am focusing on how EF is spinning what Representative Marbles did and playing to  racial sterotypes,  playing to that of the "pushy Black woman."  EFs characterization, IMHO, is far worse, because it is deliberte and he is educated. 

         

        Now, on to this new software.  I keep getting a red dotted line…for what purpose I don't have a clue….I also was surprised when the reply key disappeared mid-thread/

         

        I

         

      • Curmudgeon says:

        Marble says something offensive, but Fields is the one in the wrong….

        Keep going, Elliott; there may be one or two people out there who haven't figured out you're nothing but a spineless, egg-sucking GOP lapdog.  At least Fields has character. 

        • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

          You are missing it – there are TWO seperate actions:
          1) Marble's comments which I am not defending; AND
          2) Field's handling of Marble's comments.  

           

          • Curmudgeon says:

            You're saying Marble made a simple, thoughtless mistake, but that Fields' response is the one that spoke to her character.   You're being disingenuous if you think anyone could read what you're saying and not realize you're a spineless, egg-sucking GOP lapdog. 

            • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

              Curmudgeon, any argument that Vicki knew that what she was saying was offensive would have serious proof problems.  But there is no doubt that Fields intended to do exactly what she did. 

              • BlueCatBlueCat says:

                In case you haven't noticed the argument isn't about whether or not Marble knew that what she was saying was racist or whether or not she had ill intent.  She said it because that's what she thinks. It offended people, including Fields, because what she thinks is clearly racist whether she knows it or not. 

                She may very well also be too stupid to realize that her own thoughts on the subject shouldn't be voiced because they are so racist that they will offend people.  I'm perfectly open to believing that a member of the legislature is, indeed, that stupid.  Especially a conservative Republican. My State House Rep, Kathleen Conti, got elected and she's a complete nitwit. Thought taxes were much lower under Reagan and soaring ever since.

                As for your placing any share of any degree of blame on Fields for the position Marble finds herself in, that's offensive, even despicable, yes despicable, beyond belief. We've always known you were a knee jerk apologist on race issues but what you are saying about Fields here is really beyond the pale. Disgusting. Shameful. Beneath contempt. 

                • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

                  Bluecat, your position is that a person who has been offended can react in whatever manner the deem fit so long as they are a minority.  That is in itself a racist position and quite frankly disgusting. 

                  Rep. Fields could have chosen to any numbers of ways to handle Marble's remarks.  She could have spoken with Marble in private about them.  She could have had legislative leadership speak privately.  She could have asked for clarification as to what Marble meant.  Instead of doing any of those things she decided to publicly humiliate Marble for an unintentional comment.  That was her choice, she alone was responsible for it, and can be judged for it by a person of any race/ethnicity.  To suggest otherwise would again be racist of you.   

                  • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

                    typos:
                    they deem fit

                    chosen any number

                  • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                    Rep. Fields could have chosen to any numbers of ways to handle Marble's remarks

                    and Marble could have chosen any number of ways to get her point across. She CHOSE to use racially inflammatory language. You are somehow implying that it is OK for Marble to BE racially insensitive and that those who are offended by it shouldn't call her out on it.

                    Here are three truths…

                    1. Vickie Marble is a racially ignorant and insensitive human.

                    2. Rhonda Fields justifiably challenged Marbles' remarks in a public setting, just like the one in which they were made.

                    3. You are full of shit.

                  • BlueCatBlueCat says:

                    I have read Field's words and there is nothing any reasonable person could possibly take away from them that reflects poorly on her. Nothing  at all. The same cannot be said for Marble's.

                    Your choice in interpreting Marble's words as generously as possible while bending over backwards to find fault in Field's where no reasonable person would and none of the Rs quoted in recent articles has, speaks for itself and what it says about you is deeply revolting.

                    There really is no more point in carrying on this discussion with you than there would be in trying to explain to Marble what her words, clearly reflecting her thoughts, actually mean.

                    I'm truly surprised. I never would have thought you capable of sinking so low,  so much lower than even the usual apologist R spokespersons. Eeeww!

                  • BlueCatBlueCat says:

                    That certainly is not my position. As usual you just made that up. No reading of my words could possibly translate into the words you created and attributed to me.  As usual.

                    Your arguments are unifomly dishonest because you're a coward. That's the crux of it.You only argue against stuff you make up and falsely attribute to your opponent because you don't have the stones for honest debate. Pathetic.

              • Curmudgeon says:

                Elliott, you're really better off just ignoring me. Any argument that you are not a spineless, egg-sucking GOP lapdog has serious proof problems, as evidenced in this thread. I used to take you seriously, as I do anyone I consider a Moderate, or a true Conservative, who's just trying to get by until the GOP becomes something other than the pack of raving idiots it's become.  No longer.

                It doesn't matter why you've chosen this particular incident to show just how much dignity and self-respect you can sacrifice in the name of party loyalty, or whatever the hell you're looking to gain. You could have just stuck with defending Ms. Marble; that's to be expected.  But you've turned a corner, and these arguements will follow you.

                Trying to paint Ms. Fields as the bad guy in this shows that you're willing to give up any regard for truth or dignity, if there's something you think you can gain.  

                (NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE FOR ANY PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS)

      • gaf says:

        Marble's humiliation came from her actions–her words. Fields simply addressed the words. If that resulted in publicity and national humiliation, it was only because others recognized the ofensiveness of Marble's words. Too bad she doesn't see it herself.

        • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

          Fields did a bit more than simply address the words.  She went for the jugular and nationally humiliated somebody who unintentionally made offensive remarks.  She could have handled things much more professionally.

          • Not Dame Edna says:

            EF, below are Rep. Fields words, recorded for posterity. I see no going for the jugular but instead an expression of the need to stick to the work of the task force. And that work should not include Sen. Marble's racist attitudes. You are wrong to paint Rep. Fields as the attacker.

            "I will not engage in a dialogue where you are using these stereotypical references about African-Americans and chicken and food," Fields said to Marble. "I will not tolerate that. This is not what this committee is all about. … What we are trying to do is come up with meaningful solutions. This is not about eating chicken."

          • gaf says:

            Right. Rep. Fields should not have spoken her mind in public. There are three reasons the Republicans are attacking someone calling out offensive remarks. 1. Rep. Fields is a Demoncrat. 2. She is a woman. 3. She is black. All are factors in the attack on Rep. Fields.

            It would be great if those with "white priviledge" would call out such offensive remarks. And below is an interesting take on that. And note in this clip how the woman weighs the predictible "angry black woman" label she would get if she spoke up. However, that doesn't mean those without "white priviledge" should remain silent.

            http://www.upworthy.com/one-easy-thing-all-white-people-could-do-that-would-make-the-world-a-better-place-5?g=3&c=upw1

      • Not Dame Edna says:

        Vicki Marble would make policy that affects us all based on her "unintentional racism". Thankfully, she is curtailed by being in the minority party. Regardless of her intent, what she said is wrong. Nothing short of Rhonda Fields strong rebuke will bring about any inkling that what she said and believes is wrong. That legislating based on ignorant notions is dangerous. Wake up EF, Rhonda did nothing wrong!

        The funny part here is that the right wants to paint Vicki as the victim. This from the party of personal responsibility. All session, everything that came out of Vicki's mouth was centered on her belief in her personal responsibility and how we are all the products of our choices. Well, it is time for her to live by her choice to hold ignorant and racist beliefs. And not cry about it when she is called on it.

        It is time the Right stop listening to their choir and live in the real world. One based on equity and truth. Not racism and bending the rules of science and fact for the sole purpose of personal gain. Or a twisted agenda of the Right's version of morality. A morality that has no basis in respect and love for your fellow humans.

        • Curmudgeon says:

          I don't mind people defending/minimizing Marble's stupid statement. Big deal, that happens all the time. it's expected from any party to defend their members. But flipping it around and making Fields the villain for being offended by it… that's bullshit. 

  16. Not Dame Edna says:

    And BC, I was a maroon to correct you! 

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