The state of Maine is in the thrall of a serious opiate epidemic. In a state with less population than the borough of Manhattan they are experiencing an average of five overdose deaths every week.
But Governor Paul LePage used his bully pulpit this week to sound the cry against the real culprit: lusty black lads who come north to take advantage of innocent, though apparently willing, white virgins, pure as Maine snow.
The New York Times quotes LePage, “half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing, because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”
They “are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty — these types of guys,” he said. “They come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” Mr. LePage told the crowd, according to The Portland Press Herald.”
Come Stay a Spell
LePage almost sounds like he would rather D-Money or Shifty “hung” around a bit.
After all, you drove all the way up here, what’s the big rush?
Have some maple syrup with those pancakes.
Or perhaps considering impregnating an old non-white girl while you’re in town, they seem to be fair game.
The Most Incendiary Racist Archetype
The legend of the big black buck knee-grow ravishing the massah’s missus has an odious history especially when it is used either to perpetuate ignorant stereotypes or divert attention from the actual issues.
LePage uses it to accomplish both.
His “Mandingo invasion” myth dis-empowers the citizens of Maine generally and women in particular, not exactly the best way to confront a public health crisis.
But, it is safe politics.
LePage tags Mainers as suckers waiting to be hooked and bedded, respectively.
Most ironically, tough guy LePage is engaging in the rhetoric of victimhood as conservatives are want to do.
Faced with a crisis from within, he seeks a villain from without.
The real villain is despair, lack of hope and the universal need to ease the pain of both.