We’ve been told we’ve entered a post-racial society with the election of the offspring of an interracial couple.  Not quite.

A Louisiana justice of the peace refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple because

He was concerned for the children who might be born of the relationship and that, in his experience, most interracial marriages don’t last.

"I’m not a racist," [JP Keith] Bardwell told the newspaper. "I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children."

Bardwell [said he couldn’t personally endorse the marriage.

That’s OK, Keith.  We understand.  It’s just like the pharmacists who won’t dispense contraceptives even if they are legal.  Right?  If it offends you, just say no. 

Keep an eye out for the next development in this series of “Going My Way” decisions. 

Perhaps we’ll see police officers refusing to investigate black on black crimes because police feel this is an internal problem in the black community, and they really need to take care of it themselves.  Or perhaps it will be fireman who refused to put out a house fire because they believe the house is a blight on the neighborhood and really needed to be removed.

Or maybe we take him at his word.  Bardwell was “concerned for the children” who might, he feared, one day become president of the United States.

Posted in: Racism.
Last Modified: October 16, 2009