Concern troll should have his JP licence revoked


For anyone who doesn’t see the connection between civil rights and marriage rights, here…get a load of this walking anachronism from the Old South:

A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have.

Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

“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.”

Bardwell said he asks everyone who calls about marriage if they are a mixed race couple. If they are, he does not marry them, he said.

Bardwell said he has discussed the topic with blacks and whites, along with witnessing some interracial marriages. He came to the conclusion that most of black society does not readily accept offspring of such relationships, and neither does white society, he said.

“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.”

If he did an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all, he said.

“I try to treat everyone equally,” he said.

Except, of course, interracial couples. Some couples are more equal than others, it seems! See? He’s perfectly consistent.

Of course, HOW he “came to the conclusion” is kind of hinky. And it being FUX Snooze profiling this concern troll (with all the Fairness and Balance that THAT implies!), of course they don’t go into that, because that would mean admitting that the South is still deeply racist, and that this guy is not some kind of quaint exception.

Nor is he genuinely concerned for the children and what kind of acceptance they would get. If he were, he might have trouble explaining the near-universal appeal of Halle Berry. Or Barack Obama.

As it is, a lot of black Americans have some white ancestry (particularly in the South, where masters were known to impregnate female slaves on a more or less regular basis), and this is very much a fact of life in predominantly black communities. It’s only in the last half-century or so that interracial love and marriage have been recognized…by whites. The blacks have been living with it for much longer.

And of course, none of this registers with the concern troll. Just as no interracial couples are allowed to register their marriages with him.

But that doesn’t stop them from happening:

Beth Humphrey, 30, and 32-year-old Terence McKay, both of Hammond, say they will consult the U.S. Justice Department about filing a discrimination complaint.

Humphrey, an account manager for a marketing firm, said she and McKay, a welder, just returned to Louisiana. She plans to enroll in the University of New Orleans to pursue a masters degree in minority politics.

“That was one thing that made this so unbelievable,” she said. “It’s not something you expect in this day and age.”

Humphrey said she called Bardwell on Oct. 6 to inquire about getting a marriage license signed. She says Bardwell’s wife told her that Bardwell will not sign marriage licenses for interracial couples. Bardwell suggested the couple go to another justice of the peace in the parish who agreed to marry them.

“We are looking forward to having children,” Humphrey said. “And all our friends and co-workers have been very supportive. Except for this, we’re typical happy newlyweds.”

Gee, so much for non-acceptance.

Concern Troll is an Epic Fail.

But FUX being FUX (and well known for its own racism), they give him the last word…and what a whiny word it is:

“I’ve been a justice of the peace for 34 years and I don’t think I’ve mistreated anybody,” Bardwell said. “I’ve made some mistakes, but you have too. I didn’t tell this couple they couldn’t get married. I just told them I wouldn’t do it.”

Yeah, dude…because You. Are. A. RACIST.

End of story.

ADDENDUM: For some interesting historical backgrounder on black/white miscegenation in the slave-era South, I found this today: The Rape of Black Women Under Slavery, Part II. Highly recommended reading. This passage in particular leapt out at me:

Systemic gendered racism was central to slavery too. Resisting the alienation of slavery, as a young woman, she fell in love with a free black man. When her slavemaster found out, he was enraged. She pleaded with him, but he refused to let her to marry.

Refusing to let blacks marry whom they want, in other words, is a direct throwback to slavery.

No, this JP wasn’t being the least bit racist!

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8 Responses to Concern troll should have his JP licence revoked

  1. Manaat says:

    Dontcha love the line “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.”? I mean, I even let them use *my bathroom*!!!
    Good lawd it is bizarre having to deal with this in the 21st century, in the supposedly greatest democracy in the world!

  2. Yeah, reminds me of the old “we LOVE our niggers” line. Sure they “love” them…they just don’t believe in contaminating the pure white race by marrying them.
    Some people, sometimes, really make me wonder what century it is.

  3. You know, after the US Supreme Court explicitly struck down the anti-miscegenation laws of the Jim Crow South in 1964 I believe it was, you would thing that the message would have gotten to even backwoods Louisiana by now. (sigh) I guess the Pony Express just ain’t what it used to be.

  4. Yeah, I heard they were kind of low on ponies lately.

  5. Polaris says:

    How did a “not readily accepted” child of black and white parents manage to make it to the White House? LOL 🙂

  6. Oh, I’m sure this guy is one of them birthers, who thinks it was all somehow rigged. ROFL!

  7. Interesting, that one of the right of the right websites (“The Political Cesspool”… easy enough to find without a link) wonders why the “traditional marriage” folks haven’t spoken up in support of Mr. Bardwell.
    Actually, I wonder that myself. One of the more common arguments against same sex marriage is that it violates some religious precepts, yet plenty of people also have religious beliefs that hold “inter-racial” marriage is against God’s plans, or anti-biblical or whatever. So what?
    Mr. Bardwell has every legal right to believe any boneheaded thing he wants. He doesn’t have the right NOT to do his job.

  8. I think I know why they won’t do that: They’re afraid to haul their racism out of the closet along with their homophobia. They perceive that homophobia is still okay to show, but racism is the kiss of death. They’re only half right on that–both are more out of favor than in by now. Even evangelicals, the young ones anyway, are coming out in support of some legal recognition for same-sex unions. About 29%, according to a link my best friend sent me this morning, are in favor of outright same-sex marriages. 58% favor either full marriage or civil unions. In other words, being gay seems to be okay with a majority of young evangelicals. Interracial marriage is probably even more okay with them.
    This guy, like the “traditionals”, is definitely behind the times. Which I guess is his choice. Since he is a JP, however–working for the state, not a church or just himself–he has no right to deny marriage licences to anyone that the state would not deny. He has to comply with state and federal law. If he has a problem with that, he should make like those pharmacists who won’t fill prescriptions for birth-control pills, and find himself another line of work.

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