Colorado’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force met yesterday. I’m sure you knew, but I thought I’d remind you. At some point in the proceedings, after looking over all the committee charts on poverty and well-being, state senator Vicki Marble (R) decided to speak up. Clearly, good old common sense had been redacted from all the “numbers” and “statistics.”
. . when you look at life expectancy there are certain, umm, 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. 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. And everybody loves it. The Mexican diet in Mexico with all of the fresh vegetables. And you go down there and they’re much thinner than they are up here. They change their diet. I’ve read studies on that. They become Americanized. Umm, down the street near Five Points there used to be an old cafe named ‘Type II Chicken’ and I wanted to eat there for years because I knew it was going to be the best ever. But you know these things aren’t good for you.
Five Points is a Denver neighborhood once proudly known as “The Harlem of the West.”