Tea Party board member Inge Marler, stayed true to the racism and bigotry of the organization when she made a joke that could only be considered ignorant.
Speaking to a crowd of supporters in the Ozarks of Arkansas, Marler had this to say to get the crowd going:
“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.’”
*Cue laughter from
rednecks citizens concerned about higher taxes.*
Racism is nothing new for this organization.
In January of last year, two dozen members of the Tea Party of Tennessee presented lawmakers with a list of “priorities and “demands” for the 2011 legislative session. According to the Party, it would “besmirch the image of the Founding Fathers” to be honest about this nation’s history.
In material distributed to the legislators, they demanded that state laws governing textbook criteria ensure that “no portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”
Party spokesman and Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism” about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.
“The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn’t existed, to everybody — not all equally instantly — and it was their progress that we need to look at.”
According to The Huffington Post, leaders within the Tea Party condemned Marler’s “joke” — after they were contacted by the press.