The age old fear of black men impregnating good white girls. Racism is alive and well people.
Maine Governor Paul LePage was quoted saying, “Guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty… impregnate a young white girl.”
He was saying these are the names of drug dealers. First of all, nobody’s name is Smoothie. It’s not cool, scary, or intimidating. If you are making up an alias for yourself, Smoothie is not the way to go.
LePage’s camp is saying the comments had nothing to do with race, but about the young white girls. He blames the media for the racial note.
“Race is irrelevant,” Steele, LePage’s chief of communications, said via email. “What is relevant is the cost to state taxpayers for welfare and the emotional costs for these kids who are born as a result of involvement with drug traffickers. His heart goes out to these kids because he had a difficult childhood, too. We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state.”
Umm… unless D-Money is also a rapist, these young white girls are half the problem. White, black, or anything in between, girls are accountable for who they WILLINGLY sleep with, and these girls should do better.
Maine does have a heroin epidemic and serious drug problem. But that should be enough to convince people to make a change, not the ‘fear of impregnating white girls.’ It’s actually all ridiculous, and thinly cloaked racism.
Michael Alpert, the Bangor NAACP President, called LePage’s comments “sad” and “foolish.”
Gov. Paul LePage is notoriously outspoken and a little vigorous in his racial prejudices. He earlier said he would tell President Obama to “go to hell” and he told the NAACP chapter of Portland to “kiss his butt.”
Seriously? This is a grown man, AND, an elected official. We need to do better at who we put in office.