Monday, October 19, 2009

Keith Bardwell Stands by Refusal to Wed Interracial Couple

Louisiana's governor, Bobby Jindal joined the rest of the civilized folks in America in calling for the ouster of a local official who refused to marry an interracial couple, saying his actions clearly broke the law.

Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish which is located in the southeastern part of Louisiana, refused to issue a marriage license earlier this month to Beth Humphrey, who is white, and Terence McKay, who is black. His refusal has prompted calls for an investigation or resignation from civil and constitutional rights groups.

Mr. Bardwell (I refuse to call him justice) explained his decision on the CBS Early Show interview. In the interview, Mr. Bardwell defends being called a racist by stating he has PILES of black friends who come over to his home and use his bathroom. Are you serious? Just because you allow a person of color to use your bathroom, doesn’t mean you are not a racist. For a person to even bring this up as a defense to being racist is asinine. Honestly using the restroom is using the restroom, but to a person who looks at the races as NOT equal, then using his restroom is a big deal.

I have a “Colored Only” sign hanging on my bathroom door in my home. When my daughter first saw the sign she asked, “Does that mean only black people can use the bathroom?” I answered her question with, “No. That’s just history and it will make any guest whether white, black, or other just think for a moment of how it use to be and how far we have come”. I remember when one of my white friends (I don’t have PILES) was over my home and asked to use the bathroom. When he read the sign he jokingly said, “Now I’m going to have to go outside a find a tree”. We laughed as he walked into the restroom, closed the door, and took care of his business. Point being, when someone has to go, they have to go. I was born in 1970, so I like many take using the restroom for granted. It’s just something your body has to do. My friend would have never paused and thought about how it use to be, because for all of his life using the restroom was just something you do without thinking about race.

Mr. Bardwell (Again, I refuse to call this man a JUSTICE of the court) also used his concern for the unborn children to defended his stance. Is the public supposed to believe he has a true concern about children that aren’t even born? He stated his concern is that they would have a hard time being accepted by both races. Are you serious? Interracial marriages didn’t become legal in the US until the 1960’s, but master was raping black women since the races were introduced in America. The result of this situation, interracial children have been in the US since slavery. Oh and if this book smart/common sense stupid man could stop for a moment and think………….Do two people really need to be married to have children? Children of unwed parents are born every day and everyday there is a mixed race of children being born.
Now if this man wants to standing firm on his decision and disgrace our lady of justice, then he should be removed from the bench immediately. He has proven he is not FAIR and BALANCED. The court doesn’t ask for your bias to wear a robe, but that the person who wears the robe be fair and balanced. A bias person is not supposed to be on the bench. This is scary to know that in this day and age, someone still sits on the bench with old time beliefs. And to think about how the right-wingers were so into proving Sotomayor wouldn’t be fair and would be bias. Click the link below to hear his defense............

Keith Bardwell Stands by Refusal to Wed Interracial Couple

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