When it comes to listing racist states in this country, there are a few I’m sure immediately jump to your mind: Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Arizona, Florida, etc….All great choices, but who would’ve ever mentioned Maine, a New England state, on such a list?
Yes it’s true that President Obama won Maine in 2012, but that doesn’t deny the fact that the people elected a Republican Governor, Paul LePage, and not even a good moderate Republican ala Arnold Schwarzenegger. And now they’re starting to realize the horrible decision they made as last Wednesday, LePage had this to say about drug dealers in Maine while speaking in a Town Hall meeting in Bridgton:
“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty – these types of guys – they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” LePage told a large crowd. “Incidentally, 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.”
Now of course, LePage didn’t specifically mention the race of these so-called drug dealers, but it’s safe to assume with his obvious jab at rapper names combined with that last comment that he was clearly thinking of black people, despite the statistics showing that over 60 percent of drug crimes are committed by caucasians.
LePage has issued an immediate damage control response to the situation via his communications director, saying that he was really talking about the “children”, but any person with common sense can see through that nonsense.
The sad truth is ignorance has no boundaries, and can seep into any office in this country, including the presidency. Get out and vote, because apathy is the best ally of bigotry.