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The Gateway Pundit’s obsession with “virile” Honduran refugees harks back to centuries of racist fearmongering about brown and black sexuality

Detail from cover of Bold Moment, aka The Horncasters, a “novel of the present-day South” first published in 1947

By David Futrelle

As The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer noted on Twitter earlier today, the right-wing fake-news site The Gateway Pundit “is extremely into calling the caravan migrants ‘virile.'”

Indeed, in four separate posts on the caravan of migrants and refugees currently making its way from Honduras to the United States, the Gateway Pundit writer Cristina Laila has tried to present the caravan as consisting mostly of men she describes variously as “military-aged, virile male Hondurans,” “military-aged, virile mostly Honduran males” and “military-aged virile males.”

Laila insists that “the women and children [in the caravan] are being used as media props and human shields,” obscuring the fact that this is a manly man “invasion.”

This is hardly the first time that paranoid racists have portrayed young male refugees of color as sexual interlopers trying to “invade” mostly white nations. For the past several years, similar complaints about “virile” male refugees of African and Middle-Eastern descent have been all over Twitter.

jewel ن‎ ‏ @Jujyfruit77 Follow Follow @Jujyfruit77 More Replying to @nia4_trump The pics of "refugees" show all young men, uneducated, virile, bellicose, hungry. What do you expect, Europe? @nia4_trump @paulrevered1776

St Martin ‏ @67sanmartin Follow Follow @67sanmartin More @misstozak do you see any old people, women or children in this influx of refugees? NONE! They are all virile young men

Empyrean ‏ @Manbearded Follow Follow @Manbearded More Empyrean Retweeted Annie 🔱 🇬🇧 Hasn't anyone noticed most all the refugees are male; virile, breeding age, warring age, wandering, homeless, males?

Joe Hollinger ‏ @joehollinger Follow Follow @joehollinger More Are you a white person? Illegal immigration, refugees make you an endangered species.Refugees mostly virile males sent to breed out whites

Jeanne Appleby DeSilver ‏ @arrowsmithwoman Follow Follow @arrowsmithwoman More Wonder what's on the mind of the thousands of young virile refugee/invaders?!

And where Twitter trolls go, elected GOP officials are sure to follow. Indeed, in remarks during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on refugees in 2015, California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher raised the specter that “trainloads” of “very virile young men” from the Middle East were trying to sneak into Western Europe by pretending to be “desperate refugees,” something he said was “frankly very upsetting to me.”

But if you want to see the far-right in full psychosexual meltdown over too-sexy refugees, you have to turn to the virtual pages of The Daily Stormer, which regularly portrays brown and black refugees as sex-crazed “rapefugees” bent on the sexual conquest of white women.

While the Stormer’s attacks on refugees drip with racist hatred, the site’s writers direct much of their vitriol at white women whom the Stormer deems insufficiently racist towards the non-white “invaders.” As the Stormer sees it, this friendliness towards refugees is the result of the illicit hunger of white women for hunky men of color. Not that anyone at the Stormer would phrase it quit that way. They are a bit more, er, salty.

In a 2015 post titled “The Greasiest Cuckolding of All,” Daily Stormer head boy Andrew Anglin declared that “[t]he White European female’s craving for Black dick threatens to collapse civilization itself.”

And he was just getting started.

White women across the Western world have been put in control of Western societies, and they are using this control to ensure an endless supply of Black and Arab men to satisfy their depraved sexual desires. …

White women – an undetermined percentage of them, but apparently most – are calling for Europe to be flooded with Black and Arab men so they can have sex with them. They are using the resources of White men to feed and clothe these objects of their sexual desire.

German women regularly get all up on men in refugee camps and attempt to have sex with them publicly.

Angela Merkel is said to require “dicks numbering in the hundreds per week” to satisfy her terrible urges.

Psychologists are uncertain about the nature of the drive of these White women to engage in bestial sex with unevolved monkeymen, but the running theory is that they do this because White men have become cowardly f**gots, incapable of arousing sexual desire in their own females.

He goes on like this for several hundred more words, but I think you’ve probably gotten the gist of his argument already.

“Black dick” — and brown dick, and indeed virtually every kind of dick that is not of a predominantly pinkish hue — has loomed large in the imaginations of white racists for centuries. Sometimes the white obsession with black and brown sexuality was about fear: Lynchings of alleged, usually falsely accused, black “rapists” were as much about reassuring sexually paranoid whites of their cultural virility as they were about terrorizing the black population.

Other times it was mostly about titillation — as in the countless mid-twentieth century movies and pulp novels about “taboo” interracial relationships. Most of the time, though, fear and fascination were so intertwined it was impossible to separate the two emotions; for countless vivid and horrifying examples, see the pop culture imagery of the “black brute” posted online by the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University.

Now the Gateway Pundit is directing a very similar sort of mingled fear and fascination at the, er, “military-aged, virile mostly Honduran males” who make up part of the caravan marching north through Mexico, still more than a thousand miles from the US border. As the caravan heads further north, I suspect, the uglier the rhetoric on this side of the border will get, and the more we’ll hear about the allegedly dangerous “virility” of young Honduran males.

So congratulations to the Gateway Pundit’s  Cristina Laila — for being many decades behind the times, and yet somehow also ahead of the curve.

EDITED TO ADD:

And in related news, Lou Dobbs tries to pronounce the name of a Mexican city.

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Talonknife
Talonknife
2 years ago

As a married post-menopasual head of state, I highly doubt Merkel has the time or really the desire to have sex with hundreds of refugees a week.

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
2 years ago

@Pen;

anyone can make it if they just believe

Oh, but with trumpitude, you CAN!! Since trumpling hold that if you tell a lie often enough, it actually BECOMES THE TRUTH, all you have to do is keep telling yourself “I’m rich, I’m rich, I’m rich” and voila’… you’re… … still poor….

Kevin
Kevin
2 years ago

@ Talonknife Sorry to be ‘that guy’ but Germany’s current head of state,as I understand it, is President Frank – Walter Steinmeier. ‘Mutti’ (Ms Merkel) as Chancellor is the head of government. Easy mistake to make, I’ve more than once spoken to Germans who have no idea who their president is. I get where you are coming from though.

Malitia
Malitia
2 years ago

The German system isn’t presidential. So yeah… if you understand ‘head of state’ as the person with the actual power leading the country that’s the Chancellor (Merkel).

Hungary isn’t either… so there is a joke that our “president” is the “glorified pen of the nation” (dude signs stuff and has very little choice).

Amaror
Amaror
2 years ago

@Kevin as others have said germany doesn’t have a presidential system like other countries. Steinmeier doesn’t lead the country. He’s mostly there to write of on laws and has some emergency powers. His most important action in recent time has just been to get the spd and cdu to talk to each other so they could form a shitty government once again.

Cat Mara
Cat Mara
2 years ago

@Malitia: It’s the same situation here in Ireland: the real power is in the hands of the Taoiseach as the head of the Government (usually the leader of the majority party in the Parliament), and the President is just the person who signs the bills into law (or not; one of the few powers he or she has is the authority to refer bills to the Supreme Court to test their constitutionality). Normally, all the President does is attend banquets and other functions. In fact, so inconsequential is the office of President that if it’s decided that the present incumbent is doing an OK job and no-one can be bothered running against them, they can essentially “roll over” into a second seven-year term without an election!

None of this has stopped a few Trump-wannabes standing for election, which takes place tomorrow.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
2 years ago

Sounds similar to the role of the governor-general in Canada, who isn’t even elected, but may occasionally also be an astronaut in addition to the holder of the rubber stamp to sign legislation.

Kevin
Kevin
2 years ago

Not so different to the head of state in a constitutional monarchy.

Dreidl
Dreidl
2 years ago

Even creepier, Jim Hoft the Gateway Pundit (editor) himself came out as a gay man after the Pulse Nightclub massacre.

Virile men of color…. ewwww no matter why.

Robert
Robert
2 years ago

I’ve long thought that one of the flaws in the United States Federal government is that the head of state and chief executive are the same person. People whose skill set fits both roles are even scarcer than those who could excel at one. Imagine having to segue from a Scouting group photo shot in the Oval Office to a closed door meeting with foreign policy analysts about the crisis in Genosha.

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
2 years ago

@Robert: It’s not just that. It’s also the fact that the head of state can have huge symbolic power, and giving it to the chief executive is dangerous. It’s why you get people saying “I hate Trump, but you have to respect him because he’s the president.”

It’s not true in all systems, of course, as proved by everyone mentioning that they know who their prime minister is but not who their president is, but consider the difference in reaction there would be if someone shot the British PM and if someone shot the Queen. In the US, someone shooting the president is like both of those combined.