when the status quo frustrates.

Because racism’s dead. You knew that, right?

Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

NEW ORLEANS – 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.

“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.”

Yep, children from those marriages, even the ones that don’t last, I mean it’s not like they could e-v-e-r grow up to become President of the United Sta—

“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.”

Mostly I think of “piles and piles” as describing my laundry. And did he seriously just brag about letting black people use his bathroom..?

I sure love living in “post-racial” America!

2 Responses to “Because racism’s dead. You knew that, right?”

  1. Lauren O says:

    That’s exactly what I thought when I heard this. When a mixed race dude is president, you don’t really have much ground for that claim. Mixed race kids seem to be able to do all right for themselves – and the attitudes that do hold them back are precisely the ones that “aren’t racist but don’t believe in mixing races.”

  2. delagar says:

    But he lets them use his bathroom! How can he be racist? Come now!

    /sarcasm.

    I had a student who fed me exactly this line. She wrote any entire essay about how black people and white people and Asian people and white people and “Mexicans” and white people and you get the picture should not marry, and in the conference I said to her, sweetie, this is kind of racist, innit? And she looks me in the eye with those big blue eyes and says, No. What do you mean? I’m not racist. I just don’t think white people and other races ought to be doing that.

    I stared back at her. Um.

    They stay in their neighborhoods and we stay in ours, she said. It’s not racist.

    Um, I said. See, I said.

    How is that racist? she asked, and she fucking well meant it.

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