A Tea Party protester holds a sign during a demonstration outside of a fundraiser for U.S. President Barack Obama (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

At a rally this weekend in Arkansas a Tea Party board member, Inge Marler, made a racist joke that drew laughter from the crowd, according to the Baxter Bulletin. The joke suggested that African-Americans are on welfare and any objection is seen in the black community as “racist”. Tea Party leaders have since condemned the joke displayed below:

“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.’”

The Huffington Post has the story:

Tea Party leaders in Arkansas are on the defensive after a board member of a Tea Party group in the Ozarks made a racist joke at a rally over the weekend drawing laughs from the audience.

The Baxter Bulletin in north-central Arkansas reported that Inge Marler made the comments at the annual rally of the Ozark Tea Party. The remarks, which suggested that African-Americans are on welfare, were condemned by Tea Party leaders in the state. The Bulletin reported that the condemnation came after they contacted the Tea Party for comment.

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