EEW NEWS STAFF
On Saturday, June 9th, the Ozark Tea Party gathered together to discuss their vision for America when one of its committee members, Inge Marler, told a seriously inappropriate racist joke. Go inside to read the crude commentary that is making headlines.
Inge Marler used this “ice-breaker” in her speech:
“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.’”
Richard Caster, leader of the Ozark Tea Party released a statement according to the Arkansas Times.
He said, “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.”
No one, thankfully, tried to spin the story and claim that the unfortunate joke in very poor taste was somehow taken out of context. On the contrary, Ms. Marler has owned up to her wrongdoing.
The lesson learned here?
Watch what you say. Words have power and she be used for good. Ephesians 4:29 NIV is very fitting. It reads, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
Otherwise your words could seriously offend others... and get you kicked off your committee.