Black and White

Interracial couple denied marriage license, Associated Press , October 16, 2009

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,’’ Bardwell said. “I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way. I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them 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. He said he has discussed the topic with blacks and whites, along with witnessing some interracial marriages.

“It is really astonishing and disappointing to see this come up in 2009,’’ said American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana attorney Katie Schwartzmann.

It’s crazy, right?  Insane.  This isn’t 1909, it’s 2009!  What is this guy thinking?  Okay, now let’s try something.  Let’s say we’re in Massachusetts, substitute “gay” for “black” and see how that sounds:

Gay couple denied marriage license, Associated Press , October 16, 2009

Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Suffolk County, says it is his experience that most gay marriages do not last long.

“I’m not homophobic,’’ Bardwell said. “I just don’t believe in gay marriage that way. I have piles and piles of gay friends. They come to my home, they use my bathroom. I treat them like everyone else.’’

Bardwell said he asks everyone who calls about marriage if they are a same-sex couple. If they are, he does not marry them, he said. He said he has discussed the topic with gay and straight people, along with witnessing some gay marriages.

“It is really astonishing and disappointing to see this come up in 2009,’’ said American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts attorney Katie Schwartzmann.

Still sound crazy to you?  It should.

 

 

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1 thought on “Black and White”

  1. Deise, you took my topic! Well, it’s a good one, both timely and shocking. And, of course, ironic also in the way that marriage failure rate is so high generally. Liked your substitution – eye opening.

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