Friday, October 16, 2009

Racism is Alive and Well (In case you were wondering)

It seems Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish's 8th Ward, is not the hopeless romantic we all thought he was. Keith has a standing policy when it comes to justice-of-the-peaceing, no interracial marriages. According to him, they just don't work out and, in the interest of "the children" he figures that mixed race kids are neither accepted by whites or blacks.

"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way." — Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Louisiana's Tangipahoa Parish, explaining why he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple.

So Keith:
A+ for standing up for your convictions.
F for having the convictions of a Southern racist caricature.

LSU's Daily Reveille

(I can't wait for all this National News coverage when a gay couple is denied a marriage license.)


Laura said...

I have no doubt that racism is alive and well in this country. No one liked what Jimmy Carter had to say about racism and Obama but unfortunately I agree with him.
And yes, won't it be wonderful when gay marriage is a recognized and legal right as well. Painfully slow progress I know - after all, aren't we supposed to be an enlightened, civilized society? I can only hope that those who elected President Obama, can help him realize his vision of equality in this country.

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