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Drumpf Isn’t The Only One

Maine Governor Paul LePage criticised for ‘racist’ remarks:

Mr LePage was asked about a statement he made in January, in which he blamed the state’s heroin problem on “guys by the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” who “come from Connecticut and New York”.

“They come up here, they sell their heroin, then they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave,” he said.

Speaking on Wednesday, he denied it was racist, but said that since January he had been putting together a binder cataloguing drug arrests in the state, and that “90-plus per cent of those pictures in my book, and it’s a three-ringed binder, are black and Hispanic people”.

The Portland Press Herald published FBI statistics which show that 1,211 people were arrested on charges of drug sales or manufacturing in Maine in 2014. Of those, 170 – 14.1% – were black, and almost all the rest were white.

Blacks are 1.4% of Maine’s population, so the 14% figure for drug arrests is in line with a lot of other states, i.e. Blacks are ten times more likely to be arrested for drug offenses than Whites.

A hint for Governor LePage, if you want to hide the fact that you’re a racist, drop the dog whistle “half the time they impregnate a young, white girl”. I grew up with White/Colored signs all over, so I know bigots when I hear them.