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Keith Bardwell JP, a justice of the peace  of Tangipahoa Parish in Louisiana, refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/15/interracial-couple-denied_n_322784.html

Now at first I thought: what an absolute outrage. What a terrible thing to do. This places interracial couples in the same category as second class citizens like homosexuals and transgender “people” who are also denied marriage. And that would never do. If we did that, we would have to come up with some legal gimmickry to make homosexuals third class citizens.

But then I thought again; I calmed down and read Bardwell JP’s statements more carefully. Bardwell JP; Keith, if I may call you that, all is forgiven. As you said “I have piles and piles of black friends”. That really just about settles it for me really. It’s the only argument one really needs. You have many black friends. You are, in your own words “not a racist, [you] just don’t believe in mixing races.” Separate but equal. Seven Supreme Court Justices agreed with you in the landmark 1896 case of Plessy v Ferguson.

But as a judge, Bardwell J gives further reasons, as he rightly should. He does this not to hurt blacks, whom he allows to use his bathroom (wow, what tolerance), but to protect the children of interracial marriage. I quote: “There is a problem with both [black and whites] accepting a child from such a marriage. I think those children suffer and I won’t help put them through it.” Now I must agree. America is the land of opportunity, and we want no American child to be left behind. Every American child has the right to dream that he can aspire to be anything he wants, even president. And no half-caste child could ever be President of these United States.

PS: My traditional disclaimer for the truly stupid. I neither oppose interracial marriage, nor do I encourage making LGBT persons second or even third class citizens. I was merely pointing out the irony of banning interracial marriage when the current President was born from an interracial marriage, and the irony of using arguments rooted in 19th Century logic.

Plessy v Ferguson was overruled by the unanimous decision by 9 Supreme Court Justices in the somewhat more recent 1954 case of Brown v Board of Education. Separate but equal is no longer the law of the land, no matter how much Chief Justice Roberts wants it to be.

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4 Comments

  1. The South really is another country… I mean really this is quite outrageous.

  2. I think it shows the extent of cultural diversity in the US. We are like an empire composed of different nations.

  3. “The South is another country, they do things differently there,” has always been, and continues to be, a cop-out.

  4. Haha well, you guys had a chance to make them a separate country during the Civil War.


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