No place like home

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.

Yay humanity.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Jasper of Maine

    .. the fuck?

  • anthrosciguy

    My sympathies for your having to have grown up there. I’ve been going down to Bull Shoals and Mountain Home for over 50 years (grandparents and then parents retired there) and let’s just say we liked the swimming and fishing in the lakes part. (Don’t remember even seeing a black person in that area the first 30-40 years.) Like anywhere there’s some decent folks there but a lot of people like the ones in attendance at that event. I can pretty much guarantee that the only reason anyone in that group is sorry about that joke is that it got reported on.

  • Azkyroth, Former Growing Toaster Oven

    Unfortunately, there are plenty of places like that.

  • Kaoru Negisa

    Of course, what they don’t understand is that their basic premise that there is a rash of poor people (who tend to be black) abusing the system is, in and of itself, racist. It’s like saying that you didn’t mean to stab somebody, just punch them really hard.

  • booger

    And we are surprised? Here are some some suggested opening jokes for the next Ozark Tea Party meeting.

    A new law recently passed in Arkansas:
    When a couple gets divorced, they’re still brother and sister.

    Q: Why did O. J. Simpson want to move to Arkansas?
    A: Everyone has the same DNA

    Q: What’s the best thing to ever come out of Arkansas?
    A: I-40

  • Allen R. Hall

    And I thought it was annoying when Harps yanked a magazine because somebody griped about it having Elton John, his husband, and their son on the cover. Then again, this is the same town that welcomed the opening of a Wal-Mart Supercenter with a speech from the mayor and performances from the high school choir, band (it was very strange playing my bassoon next to a case of frozen pizza), cheerleaders, and ROTC.

  • Trebuchet

    J.T, if it makes you feel any better, here in the liberal Puget Sound country the local GOP was passing out three dollar bills with Obama in an Arab headress. Racism knows no boundaries.