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Colorado Senator Blames Fried Chicken for Black Health Problems

Colorado Sen. Vicki Marble,
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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.

The remarks by Sen. Vicki Marble of Fort Collins drew a stinging rebuke from a Black state lawmaker.

"When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the Black race," Marble said. "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. "Although I've got to say, 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, I love it. Everybody loves it."

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