A few days ago, it was brought to the attention of the American public that there is concerted effort on the part of some African-American males to enter the state of Maine with the sole purpose of selling drugs and impregnating young white women. No fooling.
“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, and they go back home… half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue that we’ve got to deal with down the road.”
And the despicable one responsible for this horrid and vile agenda is a character known only as D-Money; this according to the governor of Maine, Paul Lepage. Yet, who exactly is this D-Money? I wanted to know.
Turns out, D-Money is purely a figment of Lepage’s psyche. Still, I couldn’t help but wonder what images the governor’s mind defaulted to in his sexual fantasy. Better yet, what image does he want his constituents to envision? I wondered if he thought of Gus. Remember him, from D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation?
Walter Long, in blackface, played bug-eyed, horny slobbering Gus, who lusted after Flora Cameron, played by Mae Marsh, to the point that she committed suicide to avoid his sexual advances by throwing herself off a sheer cliff face. Was this the imagery Lepage sought to provoke? Sounds somewhat Klannish to me, I’m just saying.
Even in France, the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo’s most recent cover depicts drowned Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi as a grown-up sexual predator. The text under the cartoon poses the question of what he would’ve become as an adult. They answer with a reference to the recent New Year sexual assaults in Germany.
We have plenty of examples in American History of what can happen when inflammatory speech and imagery is used to promote the defense of white female virtue. It becomes a nasty overreaction called lynching.
The thing is, satire works best when it’s funny. Besides that, care and compassion should be requisite when you’re trying to make a point about something as despicable as racism, or as intense as religion and humor goes a long way in making people both dig and laugh at themselves.
Charlie Hebdo, as well as Governor Lepage-if he was trying to be funny, poor thing-failed miserably on both accounts.
(Crimes and Misdemeanors: clip 2) YouTube video from YoknapatawphaKid
(Blazing Saddles)YouTube video from Teenage Mutant Ninja Churchill