7NEWS got a detailed response from Sen. Vicki Marble a couple of days ago, soon after her comments about "the black race," barbeque, and chicken caused a controversy that made headlines. We haven't seen secondary mention of this, but we think her responses are pretty remarkable. Here's abridged video of Marble's interview with 7NEWS' Russell Haythorn, along with the original audio:
The new material transcribed:
MARBLE: We, in my family we have Native American, uh, black, uh, and Mexican, they came from Mexico, and we also have Jew…
REPORTER: Do you think that your comments were insensitive in any way, to a given race?
MARBLE: Well, I don't know, I, you know, I can't answer that, people respond differently, I've had black people email and say 'you're right,' you know, don't back down…
REPORTER: Do you think you were reinforcing stereotypes? That's the question.
MARBLE: No, I don't think so, it's what's going to be in these reports, and, um reality is not sensitive. [Pols emphasis]
REPORTER: Do you feel like your comments were insensitive? Do you feel like you owe any particular demographic an apology?
MARBLE: No, I think it's more where, um, I guess it was taken by them wrong…
There you have it, folks. To be fair, she did say previously she is "saddened" that you took it so wrong.