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Update: On November 1, 2017, cub scout Ames Mayfield appeared on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” where the host celebrated him for his concern about domestic violence. Mayfield told Bee he has received communications from around the world thanking him for asking tough questions of Senator Vicki Marble (Esquire has confirmed that Ames did, indeed, research and write his own questions). He also joined a new cub scout den that was delighted to have him. Thanks to everyone who took this action!
On October 9, 2017, the Broomfield, Colorado Cub Scouts den hosted state Senator Vicki Marble (R-23rd) for a presentation and Q&A session. During the Q&A, one scout asked Marble why people voted for President Barack Obama just because he was black. Marble responded and no one chastised the scout for asking a question with racist overtones.
Yet, when Cub Scout Ames Mayfield said to Sen. Marble, “I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own a gun. Why on earth would you want someone who beats their wife to have access to a gun?” he was cut off by his den leader and Marble was excused from answering. This den leader then kicked Ames out of the Broomfield Cub Scouts altogether a few days later.
Sen. Marble is best known for overtly racist remarks she made in 2013, when she 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.” Marble was asked about these remarks at her meeting with the Broomfield den. She lied, insisting the media had made it up, and told the Cub Scouts, “We just better figure out our genetics.”
Nicole Cosme, marketing director of the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council, has defended Ames’ removal from the Broomfield den and said he will be offered membership in other dens. That is not good enough.
Please contact Nicole Cosme through one of the following channels and give her the following message:
I am absolutely disgusted that Cub Scout Ames Mayfield was forced out of his Broomfield den for asking racist state Senator Vicki Marble respectful and appropriate questions about critical issues like gun-related domestic violence. Shame on you for allowing this to happen, and for bringing this woman before the den in the first place. Given that there were no repercussions for another scout who asked Marble why people voted for President Obama just because he’s black, it’s clear Ames was removed because of a political agenda. I demand that you remove the den leader who made this decision from his position and reinstate Ames’ membership in the Broomfield den immediately. If you do not, I can assure you that you will be hearing a great deal more from me and other family/friends who I will share this story with. We will not allow you to stigmatize and traumatize this 11-year old boy in this manner without consequences.
Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council Marketing Director Nicole Cosme
Phone: (303) 455-5522, x. 2218
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