This little boy is being raised up right. Shame on his Cub Scouts den!
On Thursday the Denver Post reported that a Cub Scout in Broomfield, Colorado was kicked out of his den after he asked state senator Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins) some “hard” questions.
At a meeting organized by the Boy Scouts on October 9, 11-year-old Ames Mayfield asked the Republican about gun control and about some racist comments that Marble made in 2013.
The intelligent young man said to the state senator,
“I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat.”
“I didn’t, that was made up by the media,” Marble responded. “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.”
But she was lying. In 2013 Marble created controversy when she said,
“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,” she continued. “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.”
Ames’ mother, Lori Mayfield, said that when her son found out that Marble was coming to speak to his den he did research on her so that he could ask good questions. And she said that Ames came up with the questions on his own.
“The only coaching I gave him was to be respectful,” she said. “Don’t be argumentative, preface things ‘with all due respect.’”
Mayfield says that Ames’ den leader was upset after he heard the child’s questions. So much so that he kicked the boy out.
“I felt my son followed directions. He asked hard questions, but he was not disrespectful,” Mayfield said. “He is still kind of reeling from this,” she added. “He is really sensitive, my heart breaks for him.”
Nicole Cosme, marketing director of the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council, said, “The Denver Area Council is evaluating this matter closely and will treat all parties with dignity and respect.” She added that the Boy Scouts is “a wholly nonpartisan organization and does not promote any one political position, candidate or philosophy.”
Other Scouts at the meeting asked Marble questions about the border wall, fossil fuels, and Barack Obama. But Mayfield says that her son was the only one who was kicked out. She is now looking for a new Cub Scouts den for Ames.
*featured image via Raw Story