Last week, reports surfaced that in Tangipahoa Parish in Louisiana, a judge by the name of Keith Bardwell, refused to issue a marriage license to Beth Humphrey (a white women) and Terence McKay (a black man). The judge it seems, even in this day and age, does not accept the idea of an interracial union, he never has, and says he probably never will . Really?!
Bardwell says, "I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way." However, after this comment, he goes on to say how he has "piles and piles" of black friends. Seriously? I'm sure they won't be friends much longer after this lapse in judgment. Bardwell went on to explain that his main problem with mixed-race marriages is the offspring they produce. He states, "I don't do interracial marriages because I don't want to put the children in a situation they didn't bring on themselves. In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer." Thank you Mr. Bardwell...however aren't you forgetting that Barack Obama, Derek Jeter and Tiger Woods all came from interracial marriages? Seems to me they turned out just fine.
Since this happened last week, a galore of people are outraged (and rightfully so) and are calling for Bardwell's resignation. Bill DeBlasio, a Democratic politician from New York (and also in an interracial marriage) says, "In a time where the American people made history by electing President Barack Obama, this blatant act of bigotry represent a disturbing return to racial inequalities of the past. Even worse, it sends a heinous message that there is something wrong with families, like mine, which are created from different backgrounds. No one practicing racism should be in any position of public trust."
Mr. DeBlasio, you make an excellent point.