“My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they’d like about it”

I’m finally back after a bit of a hiatus.

My sister sent me an article detailing a recent statement issued by Maine’s governor LePage.  For the full article, please go to the New York Times’ link by clicking here.

The NAACP invited governor LePage multiple times to the Martin Luther King Jr. day celebrations set to kick off on Monday in Bangor, Maine.  Citing several other engagements that day, stated that he would not be attending.  Let’s take a look at what he had to say.

“He also said the N.A.A.C.P. officials should “look at my family picture,” pointing out that he has an adopted son who is black.

“My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they’d like about it,” he told a reporter for WGME-TV. “The fact of the matter is there’s only so many hours in a day, so many hours in a week, and so much that you can do.””

His first remark is strikingly familiar.  How many times have you heard someone respond to claims that they are racist with the phrase, “But I have Black friends.”  Not only did he stoop to this level, but he did so off the back of his transracially adopted African American son.

But wait, it gets better…

After being criticized for ignoring the NAACP, the governor said:

““Tell them to kiss my butt,” adding, “If they want to play the race card, come to dinner; my son will talk to them.””

Not only does the governor show a blatant lack of respect to the NAACP, but he once again attempts to claim innocence through is son.

But wait, surely those in his office will attempt to right the ship after his biting words…

“Mr. LePage’s spokesman, Dan Demeritt, later released a statement reiterating that the governor’s decision about the events was not about race. “This is about a special interest group taking issue with the governor for not making time for them,” the statement said, “and the governor dismissing their complaints in the direct manner people have come to expect from Paul LePage.””

LePage’s office dismisses his behavior as not being based on race…and yet somehow he has made it about race by tokenizing his Black son and attempting to use him as a “get-out-of-jail-free” card from this coming week’s MLK jr. day celebrations.

It’s incredibly disheartening to hear such blatant disregard for the NAACP and the legacy of MLK jr., and disturbing to witness an adoptive parent attempt to dodge responsibility shifting it onto his son.  There is really so much more to say about this, but I will leave that up to my readers to comment.  Happy Reading!  -GS

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