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.

Sources: (DeBlasio)
(Ban on Marriage)

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  • Hmmm … ALL (but one) my friends are Black — including my wife. And they are all allowed to use my potty — and eat my food if they can deal with vegan cooking — and ride in my car (in the front seat, if my wife isn’t already there!). I fix their computers, they hook me up with good car deals, I grow extra collard greens (I wasn’t raised with them and my wife can eat only so much) for them. Forty-five of us went to the circus today (Pontiac, MI) and, once again, I was the only white pea in a black pod. So what … we had a ball! Later, at a burger place, I had a kid cracking up as I sang along to some old Doors and Jeff Airplane jams. We both ended up dancing in our seats.

    This JP has managed to sit out at least the last 30 years. (cue Rod Serling)

    Interracial kids MAY have things tougher (my wife can pass for Latino / Caucasian and has some ugly stories to tell about growing up in NYC), but that’s an issue for the parents to figure out … not some fool sitting in judgment who isn’t a contestant in the game.

    Frankly, I think that if you can count your ‘friends of another race’ without having to stop to think about what racial group they belong to, you’ve got a lot of growing up to do and precious little time to do it in.

    C’mon folks … if you find yourself saying “(fill in the blank) are people, too”, you’re missing the point: (fill in the blank) are people. Period. Whites, Blacks, Asians, Middle-Easterners, American Indians, Hispanics, etc.

    While I’m at it I want to point out something else: this is my fourth marriage. It is the first time the woman has loved me even more after the wedding than before. Ladies … if you are looking for your own ‘blue-eyed devil’, walk into the wedding with your eyes wide open and your focus 100% on being a full-time wife afterward. Nothing is perfect, but it worked for us.