Maine Governor Paul LePage Thinks Drug Traffickers Are Impregnating White Girls, And He’s Not Happy
Maine Governorn Paul LePage was speaking at a town hall meeting in Bridgton, ME and was asked a question about the ongoing heroin epidemic plaguing his state and the greater Northeast portion of the country.
Here’s the video below
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Ok, so first things first, never go full racist, especially if you’re a public figure. Now there’s going be many people who watch the video and think to themselves, he didn’t say anything about race, what makes what he said racist?
Let’s start at what’s most obvious – the use of names. This was actually maybe the least racist thing Gov. LePage said. He ran off a number of names he thought referenced “drug traffickers” from D-Money, I think he meant Dimani or some variation of this name to smoothie and ended with shifty. It was a good try at masking his true intent, which might actually have worked if he didn’t follow with his next point.
Gov. LePage then goes on to make the difference between user and seller, specifically that the sellers are “these guys” coming from Connecticut and New York. Well, this is exactly when he showed his racism. According to Census.gov, the state of Maine had a black population of 1.4 percent in 2014, the rest of the United States 13 percent, in a state with less than 2 percent of it’s population being black, who are those “others”.
Now even up to this point there’s still some ambiguity to who if any specific group of people he’s talking about, but then he goes full racist – you never should go full racist. LePage cements his racism in the most ironic way. Gov. LePage was smart, he never said black or African American, but it’s when he refers to the young girls getting pregnant he makes sure to tell you the skin color of the girls. If this isn’t really about race then why would LePage feel the need to tell his audience it’s young white girls getting pregnant by the drug traffickers?
Easy, he’s using the same rhetoric wealthy white men like Harry Anslinger used 75 plus years ago when he was the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
Here are some quotes attributed to Anslinger in his quest to outlaw marijuana.
“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men,” and “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”
Gov. LePage is no different than Anslinger, he’s playing to the fear of white America that their precious daughters will use drugs and then end up mating with a person who is not white. And like LePage says, “is a real sad thing”.
Gov. LePage could have apologized and been the Governor from that state that nobody really talks about, I’m willing to bet a select group of people can point out Maine on a map.
However, Gov. LePage isn’t backing down from his comments. Peter Steele, the governor’s communications director said “The governor is not making comments about race. Race is irrelevant. It’s 2016, and the want to use scare tactics in referring to specific races is still in tact.
On a side note, when did our War on Drugs get so soft. What happened to, just say no to drugs and why doesn’t Gov. LePage want to punish the users of heroin in his state?
That’s also easy. White families are being affected by the heroin epidemic and it’s only now that people like LePage want to treat the issue of drug addiction as a mental issue. Funny how that works doesn’t it.
You can read more about why the families of heroin user want gentler drug laws today in this well-written article from the NY Times by Katharine Q. Seeyle here.