Eleven-year-old Ames Mayfield was recently kicked out of the Cub Scouts in Broomfield, Colorado because he asked Republican State Sen. Vicki Marble about her past racist remarks.
Mayfield asked Marble about gun control and about her comments in 2013 about black people getting diabetes and liking foods such as chicken and barbecue, notes KMGH.
Ames told Marble: “I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat.”
In response, Marble blamed the media: “I didn’t, that was made up by the media. So, you want to believe it? You believe it. But that’s not how it went down. I didn’t do that. That was false. Get both sides of the story.”
However, The Denver Post notes Marble stated:
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.
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.
The boy’s mother, Lori Mayfield, told the newspaper how her son felt about being kicked out of the Cub Scouts: “He is still kind of reeling from this. He is really sensitive, my heart breaks for him.”
Marble told The Denver Post:
Decisions about who is in or out of a den are internal organizational matters that I won’t second guess. I don’t blame the boy for asking the questions, since I believe there was an element of manipulation involved, and it wasn’t much different from the questions I normally field in other meetings. The invitation to meet with the scouts was never intended to cause friction and controversy.
“The only coaching I gave him was to be respectful,” Mayfield said. “Don’t be argumentative, preface things ‘with all due respect.’”
Marble, who is white, told the Cub Scouts that her background that includes “black, Mexican…Jew…Native American” and the “lousy Irish!”