Arkansas Tea Party Member Resigns After Telling This Racially-Charged Joke About ‘Democracy’

Jonathon Seidl, The Blaze, June 16, 2012

A member of an Arkansas Tea Party group has resigned her committee seat after she opened an event last week by telling a racially-charged joke.

Inge Marler told the joke as an ice-breaker before a June 9 rally of the Ozark Tea Party. It details a fictitious conversation between a black boy and his mother after the boy asks about democracy:

“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.’”

Audio has surfaced of Marler telling the joke, too:

“I was caught off-guard,” the group’s founder, Richard Caster, told the Baxter Bulletin afterwards. “I wish she (Ozark Tea Party board member Inge Marler) hadn’t said it,” Caster said. “I am sorry about Miss Marler’s joke.”

Marler, who was member of the group’s steering committee, has since resigned. Caster announced that move in a statement to the paper, which included a charge to the media to do its due diligence in investigating other matters:

On Saturday, June 9th, the Ozark Tea Party came together to work towards a brighter future for America. Sadly, our vision and message was tainted by an incredibly inappropriate joke told by one of our committee members, Inge Marler.

I was shocked when it was told and as the leader of this organization, I sincerely apologize. Jokes like these have no place in American Politics.

Due to her unfortunate actions, Ms. Marler has agreed to leave the Ozark Tea Party Steering Committee. Ms. Marler did not speak for me or for the Ozark Tea Party when she told that joke. We hold ourselves to a very high standard, and her joke went against what we stand for as a Tea Party. As anyone who has organized an event knows, it is impossible to control every word that is said at the microphone. If I could have stopped her, I would have. Once again, I apologize on behalf of the Ozark Tea Party.

I was very impressed by the media coverage of our Tea Party. I was beginning to think that Investigative Journalism was dead. However, the media has proved me wrong. I would ask the media to continue to do their jobs and to discover the truth wherever it lies.

[ . . . ]

Ms. Marler was wrong in telling that joke and is no longer a part of our organization. She was held accountable. However, Eric Holder, who is the United States Attorney General, used tax dollars to pay for guns that were used to kill American citizens, and he has not been held accountable. Rep. Maxine Waters has not been held accountable. Rep. Barny Frank has not been held accountable. I would argue that given their positions of power, not only their words but the implications on their actions vastly out way the affect of Ms. Marlers’ inappropriate joke.

Lastly, Occupy Wall Street, who has been coined by the media as, “the Left’s answer to the Tea Party,” has not been held accountable for the rapes, vandalism and public defecation, that have occurred during their events, on multiple occasions. I have yet to hear of a Tea Party event where young women were raped, businesses were shut down, and activists were pooping on police cars.

I have no problem with the media holding us accountable. We held ourselves accountable. I just wish they gave the same treatment to everyone.


Marler has responded, too. In a letter to the editor she says she is not racist. It reads, in part:

Yes, I told the joke to point out the hypocrisy and just how far we had come, how ridiculous we had become, in the name of “political correctness.” And as I told your reporter when I called him—he did not call me—that he should not read anything into it that wasn’t there. And I never mentioned “welfare abuse.” What I did tell him was “that I have no racist bone in my body, and that those fighting for our freedoms—black, white, red, yellow or purple—all bleed red.” But, if you want to talk about “abuse,” there is plenty to go around—the biggest being our government that is trampling on our Constitution, chipping away at our freedom and liberty and sabotaging our children’s future.

“In her heart, she is a good lady but she said something stupid,” Caster told HuffPo. “If I said that, I would leave the movement. We are good people.”


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  • candide


    • RebelliousTreecko

       Actually, such things are in fact, racist.
      But they are TRUE, nonetheless.

      I’ve noticed that the ideology of anti-racism has tried to tell people that anything that is racist is automatically false, no matter what scientific evidence supports it.
      The media tends to use the words “phony” “unsupported” “baseless”, etc. on news articles on “scientific racism”.

      They never put (or are allowed to put) one thing into consideration:  What if the racists are RIGHT?

      • mikejones91

        Yeah, I’m with you. It is “racist” to assume whites are the only ones working but its also true that for a white to get mad, they are called a “racist”. Funny either way.

        • refocus

           No it is not racist to assume that whites are the only ones working.  It is simply incorrect.  Only some whites work.  The other whites are collecting unemployment, going to school, engaged in a lawsuit, working undercover, and playing video games.

          • IstvanIN

            The group with the greatest percentage of bums, thugs, “single” moms, and every measure of lowlifeness is blacks!

  • RebelliousTreecko

    I’ve seen these stories a lot, but they still amaze me. 
    A person judges Blacks by the content of their character, (which they have no shame about reinforcing),  tells a silly joke or something about it, and is attacked and resigns, or is fired.

    Can someone tell these butthurt people to stop overreacting to these things with “shock and disgust”?
    Grow up.

    • Kurt Plummer


      Can someone tell these butthurt people to stop overreacting to these things with “shock and disgust”?

      Starting with the ‘good lady’.  Who is old enough to have little cause to fear in saying outright:  “Oh yes I am racist.  What did I say that wasn’t true?”  Or at least-  “I am a race realist.  And I dare you to prove that white’s don’t feel exactly the way I described…”

      Because then the oh-so-clean Tea Party would have to deal with the reality of having real people in their group who see things with their lying eyes which cannot be conveniently ignored or smothered in a view of falsely asserted commonality among the races.

      I would -far- rather have the Tea Party fail, outright, than see it further fragment U.S. politics, forcing ever more compromise as corrupt influence on us as half measures to gain determinative majorities in cooperation with other groups.

      If the Tea Partyists cannot talk a hard line on race then consider how much worse matters will have to get (in terms of time) and how many MORE disillusioned people will have to fall away from all the parties to form yet another splinter group, further diluting the current system.

      This is what is wrong with the pursuit of ever greater partisan identity politics as fractionalization of the system.  You destroy the ability to do hard things because they are necessary rather than because they are convenient to each groups secondary motives.

      Don’t believe me?  Look at Iraq.  More discontiguous ideals than you can shake a stick at.  And rather than do -anything- to solve their problems, they prefer to do _nothing_ as improvements like a public rewards policy from their oil industry is allowed to go fallow while the rich get richer from the same funds and the party lines get tighter in terms of anticipating a revolution between Shiia and Sunni.

      Better by far to have ONE group who practices REAL democracy, on the basis of ‘read in on the debates on a weekly basis and you can have voting privileges’ than to have what we have here as the beginnings of chaotic dispersion of effective polity into political whimsy.

      And once you realize that unity is the key to decisive action, the next cognitive leap is obvious-

      When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to
      dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to
      assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which
      the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the
      opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel
      them to the separation.

      In today’s political system, we are not equal to blacks, hispanics and indeed our own white elites because, for all that we form a determinative majority (now) we are bound to their betterment at the expense of our own culture, prosperity and posterity.

      And the resulting course of action that derives from this realization is also contained within the same foudning document-

      But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same
      Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their
      right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards
      for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these
      Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their
      former Systems of Government

      We could easily force this, legally, without violence.  Just based on the precedents set in place by our forefathers as the causation by which the United States came into being to begin with.

      But we must have forceful -opinions-.  As the will to stand up and say to Inge Marler:

      “Now hold up a second.  You’re wrong to give in to intimidation as the fear of being right for the wrong reasons.  If you are right, you are right.  And let the consequences of that certainty, racial or otherwise, fall where they may.  Because _we agree with your original opinion_.”

      Old Ben had some wise words on this-

      Geese are but Geese tho’ we may think ’em Swans; and Truth will be Truth tho’ it sometimes prove mortifying and distasteful.



      “We must hang together, gentlemen…else, we shall most
      assuredly hang separately.”
      There are those who mistakenly will view this as a chance to judge Inge Marler for her words or her lack of will in standing up for the beliefs they evince as a joke.

      I say it is a chance to judge the Tea Party.  And ourselves.  For no group which is party to the present system which doesn’t stand by the truth has the courage to supercede that system in taking us towards new horizons, buoyed by the confidence that our leadership is active in pursuing the same dreams as those who elected them, _for our benefit_.

      Not for the benefit of other races’ as their route to political empowerment.

      Grow a pair Arkansas TP.

  • The joke is no joke — it is the truth. Taxpayers (whites primarily), are now *slaves* working to feed, clothe, educate, and house “welfare” recipients (blacks disproportionately).

    • The__Bobster

      ” The sting in any rebuke is TRUTH.”

      – Benjamin Franklin

  • MekongDelta69

    I’ve heard a million of them and this is just a variation on one of them, but it’s still ‘funny’ (i.e. sad) nonetheless.

  • The Truth has a racial bias.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    My, my — all this brow beating, gnashing of teeth and mea culpas over a STUPID joke.  One must certainly tread lightly in this PC Reign of Terror where the First Amendment doesn’t apply to White Conservatives.

    Since we’re on the subject of jokes (you know the honeymoon is over when the comedians, lefty though they may be, start in):

    Q: If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle of the ocean and it started to sink, who would be saved? 

    A: America ! 

    –Jimmy Fallon

    Q: What was the most positive result of the “Cash for Clunkers” program? 

    A: It took 95% of the Obama bumper stickers off the road. 

    –David Letterman

    Q: Have you heard about McDonald’s’ new Obama Value Meal? 

    A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.

     –Conan O’Brien

    An illegal alien, a communist, and a muslim walk into a bar.

    The bartender says, “What can I get you mr. president!”

    Double Standard?  Nah, not in the NWO where color trumps everything including the law.


  • Sloppo

    Someone should conduct and report research about how much black Americans pay into the welfare system compared to how much they receive from it.  Of course that person would be condemned as a racist because the “punch line” of the “joke” is 100% true.

  • candide


    Someday they will have to be sent to camps for reeducation.

    • The__Bobster

      I was 17: wide-eyed, high-spirited and poised to wow all who passed through
      the doors of the popular restaurant chain, known for its Jack Daniels-glazed
      fare. Old-school manners in full effect. I would arrive early, my uniform always
      cleaned and pressed, and I made sure my salt and pepper shakers were always
      full. I rolled silverware in white handkerchiefs and made sure my section was

      Within a week of starting my job, I overheard casually racist comments from
      my colleagues about different ethnic groups, particularly African Americans.
      Whenever groups of black people were seated, a white exodus into the kitchen
      would ensue. It was a white waiter’s version of a silent strike. They’d snicker
      comments like, “That’s Cherry Hill over there.”

      It got so bad that at one point, many of the white servers told the hosts not
      to seat any black folks in their section. So this meant, for a spell, de facto
      segregation at the restaurant, as white servers who wanted to wait on nonblack
      parties left the black waitstaff to wait on black parties — which was cool,

    • Jamal Wilkerson


      I suggest a camp in sub-Saharan Africa.

      Perhaps my friend Jim Jones is still operating his.  I haven’t heard from him since ’78.

  • SLCain

    Richard Caster is an idiot, if he thinks this will improve the Tea Party’s image.  Blacks and liberals will still call it racist.  There is no pleasing your enemies.

    The Tea Party has already become an irrelevancy.  It has been co-opted by the Republican party and its wealthy donors.

  • Pandemonium

    “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”. G. Orwell

  • WhitesRdumb

    The truth hurts sometimes; especially if you are black or a liberal.