Thursday, October 15, 2009

Louisiana JP Who Refused to Marry Mixed Couple Doesn't Know His State's History

I heard tonight about the case of the Louisiana Justice of the Peace who refused to marry an interracial couple. In refusing the pair and making the dumbest statements, Keith Bardwell of Tangipahoa Parish reveals not only his ignorance of the world but also ignorance of his own state's history.

At I wrote last week on Louisiana's history of race mixing between the sheets despite old laws that prohibited both marriage and sex between blacks and whites. Louisiana once had a system that accommodated "left-handed" marriages, mixed-race sexual relationships from which an entire mixed race culture evolved, the black Creoles. You may read more at the New Orleans Literature Examiner here. While those "left-handed marriages" were not equal to marriages between whites, eventually it became legal for people of different races to marry in the state of Louisiana.

If the backward JP read a history book or two, then he'd know that the offspring from interracial unions were given an advantage in the black community. But that's a topic for another blog.

Bardwell told a reporter that he was concerned that the children from such a union would not be accepted in either the black community nor the white community, and declared .... wait for it ... he said that he is not a racist.
"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way," Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else." (from Huffington Post)
Apparently, Bardwell suffers from a god complex.

1 comment:

underOvr (aka The U) said...

Hi Nordette,

It's unbelievable that people will make decisions for others that they wouldn't want others making for themselves. I'm trying to understand the legal precedent for a justice of the peace rendering this decision.

Does this now mean that a justice of the peace is greater than the constitution of the United States?