Real reason for the outrage: A white Republican dared to speak about race.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Sparks flew between two legislators when one accused the other of making¬†racially insensitive comments¬†about minorities and the infant mortality rate during a meeting Wednesday.

The heated exchange occurred during a meeting of the Economic Opportunity and Poverty Reduction Task Force when Republican state Sen. Vicki Marble addressed health issues among African Americans.

“When you look at life expectancy, there’s certain problems in the black race,” said Marble, who is white. “Sickle cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something that is prevalent in the genetic makeup. Although I gotta say, I’ve never had better BBQ and better chicken and ate better in my life then when you go down South, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it,” Marble said.

Marble’s remarks appeared to insinuate poor diets should be considered factors to the mortality rate of blacks and Hispanics. […]

Democratic state Rep. Rhonda Fields, who is black, responded by saying that Marble’s statements were offensive and stereotypical.

“One of the things I will not tolerate is racist and insensitive remarks about African Americans, the color of their skin, what you mentioned that we eat. I was highly offended by your remarks, and I will not engage in a dialogue where you are using these stereotypical references about African Americans and chicken and food.