On a CNN article, Judge Keith Bardwell resigned from the state Supreme Court of Louisiana, as he was under fire for his refusal to marry an interracial couple. He stated that interracial marriage "harms" the children of these couples. He also indicated that he doesn't have faith in the longevity of interracial marriages. "In addition, he told the Hammond Daily Star in an October story that he did not marry the couple because he was concerned for the children that might be born of the relationship and that, in his experience, most interracial marriages don't last."
No wonder he was on thin ice! Does this guy not realize that it is a violation of civil rights to deny a couple the right to marry on the basis of race? Has Keith Bardwell ever heard of the Civil Rights Movement? What about all the struggles that leaders like Susan B. Anthony and Mahatma Gandhi went through to fight for equality? What's next? Denying immigrants to get married? Refusing to marry people because of their religion? He claims that he is "not racist," as he said that "I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house. My main concern is for the children." Wake up and smell the coffee, Judge Bardwell! You are still being racist for denying interracial marriage, but instead of being racist to one race, you are being racist to both races. Obviously he wasn't too happy when the Supreme Court wanted to replace him. They were all under the agreement that they would be better off without him making decisions on marrying people. I couldn't agree more! By allowing interracial couples to marry, society is bringing people of different ethnicities closer together. With mixed race kids, we are coming one step closer to having a human race instead of judging others based on different races.
Let's back up and talk about segregation for a second. Before Brown vs. Board of Education, white students and black students were in separate schools. While Plessy vs. Ferguson was in effect, segregation in schools increased hostilities between people Caucasians and African Americans. When school segregation was outlawed, students of different racial backgrounds mingled with each other. Just imagine what Georgia State University would be like if segregation was still in effect. We wouldn't have the diversity that makes this college so great. With interracial marriage, this brings diverse families together as well.
Personally, I feel the law shouldn't interfere with marriage, for the most part. People should be allowed to marry regardless of race, nationality, political creed, religion, or sexual identity. The only times I think the law should be involved is when underage marriage takes place, or if forced marriage happens. I don't believe minors should get married, and I believe marriage should be mutual consent. Also, if someone is guilty of a serious crime, like murder or rape, it would make perfect sense if the law got involved in a couple's marriage decision, as then the rationale would be protecting the spouse and potential children based on an action of the individual instead of the skin color. Aside from that, politicians have no business deciding who can get married and who can't. Instead, intervention efforts in marriages should be made by the community, whether this refers to hotels, religious institutions, or family and friends.
Thank goodness the rest of society is a little more open to interracial marriage than Judge Bardwell. While most people still marry individuals of the same race, they generally don't interfere with whether their family or friends marry someone of a different race. While some people may raise eyebrows about interracial marriage, at least we are more liberal than we were fifty years ago.