Here they go again…..
When Beth Humphrey and Terrence McKay went to the justice of the peace to tie the knot, they were greeted with a misfortunate reality check: “Justice” Keith Bardwell refused to marry them because they are an interracial couple. According to that guy:
“I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,” Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. “I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.”
First off, the qualifier: “I have lots of Black friends,” ought to be replaced with “I’m a bona fide racist who’s just to much of a coward to admit it.” In this case, Bardwell has chosen to break the law due to his self-imposed, limited mental capacity.
Racism is a rare but highly contagious mental illness and Bardwell proves his mental deficiency by jeopardizing his lengthy career by breaking the law set forth by the landmark Loving trial. As an officer of the law, he was completely aware that by refusing to marry the interracial pair, was completely illegal.
It appears as though Bardwell will drown in a pool of stagnation. He was even reported as saying “I try to treat everyone equally” (in other words, he spreads his racist idiocy in a uniformed fashion). We wonder if he’ll sing the same tune once the ACLU gets hold of him. According to the Huffington Post, The ACLU sent a letter to the Louisiana Judiciary Committee, which oversees the state justices of the peace, asking them to investigate Bardwell and recommending “the most severe sanctions available, because such blatant bigotry poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the administration of justice.” That’s right, it’s about to be on now.
Ironically enough, this foolery took place in the same time frame as prominent Brooklyn politician Bill de Blasio proudly displayed his interracial family while campaigning for New York City Public Advocate. De Blasio’s wife of 15 years is a Black woman, and together they have 2 children.
Regarding this particular sign of progress, Peggy Pascoe, a historian of interracial marriage at the University of Oregon stated, “For so long in American history, interracial couples went out of their way to keep their relationships out of the public eye that it’s remarkable to see them used in a campaign like this.”
Perhaps someone should alert Keith Bardwell of such things. In his narrow view, “There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage,” Bardwell said. “I think those children suffer and I won’t help put them through it.” Yeah, interracial/multi-racial kids are just hopeless by nature. It’s not like they could ever aspire to be president of the United States or something.