Ah, Mountain Home, Arkansas, where I grew up. It’s a magical place where stuff like this happens.
A joke with racial implications spoken Saturday at the annual Ozark Tea Party rally was in “poor taste,” according to local tea party founder Richard Caster.
“I was caught off-guard,” Caster told The Bulletin after the event. “I wish she (Ozark Tea Party board member Inge Marler) hadn’t said it,” Caster said. “I am sorry about Miss Marler’s joke.”
The following “joke” was an ice-breaker in a speech by Marler:
“A black kid asks his mom, ‘Mama, what’s a democracy?’
“‘Well, son, that be when white folks work every day so us po’ folks can get all our benefits.’
“‘But mama, don’t the white folk get mad about that?’“‘They sho do, son. They sho do. And that’s called racism.’”
Marler said she, too, regretted repeating the “joke” that she said she found on the Internet. She said a welfare abuse issue is larger in scope than the “joke” encompasses. The issue should include everyone who “bleeds red” and abuses welfare benefits, she said.
The “joke” was greeted with applause and laughter. There were no objections to the “joke” from the floor and no one spoke with disapproval or objection to Marler’s comment except those pursued for comment by The Baxter Bulletin.
Wait til Ian Cromwell hears about this.
These people have developed political sway. They’re a party of the ignorant, who applaud anthems to ignorance like that joke. And their vote counts just as much as yours.