Judge denies an interracial couple marriage license
Most of us like to think that Americans are over discriminating black and white dating.
Well something occurred that made me believe how prejudicial we as Americans still are.
Keith Bardwell, a justice of peace in the northern Louisiana's Tangihapoa Parish, refused
to give a marriage license to a black and white dating couple who wanted to get married.
Beth Humphrey, a Caucasian woman, said she and her boyfriend, Terence McKay who is
African American had called the Justice to get their marriage license signed but Justice
Bardwell's wife told Humphrey that the Justice wont sign marriage licenses for
Is there anything wrong with black and white dating and marriages that the justice is so
against? Well, even though Bardwell claimed he is not racist, he told the Hammond,
Louisiana, Daily Star that he conducts ceremonies for black couples in his own home and
the reason for refusing to sign marriage licenses for interracial couples is because of his
concern for the children.
Offsprings? Yeah right. It appears that the Justice of peace was quoted by the paper 99
percent of the time saying that an interracial couple is one that comprises of a black man
and white woman. So if we go by his definition, then he means mean that other interracial
couples besides black and white don't meet the criteria of interracial couples. So if I
understand him well, it means he signs marriage licenses for other interracial couples but
black and white dating couples.
Evidently, Bardwell is somewhat opposed to black and white dating. And it seems that,
he has a rule of not marrying `interracial couples' who fit his depiction of the phrase...
black and white couples.
The justice goes on to say that neither black nor white people accept mixed race children;
and for that reason the children suffer as a result. "In my heart, I feel the children will
It is indignation to hear that an individual who has been in the legal system for as long as
he has can be so against black and white dating and marriage. This is so not
constitutional. Such things are so un-American. What he did to that interracial couple -
Humphrey and McKay- is barefaced discrimination. And even though racial
discrimination has been a violation of Louisiana and U.S. law for decades, it's a shame
for a public official like him to make a decision on which laws he wants to follow.
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