Wow, there’s nothing like waking up to news that makes you feel like your forehead veins are going to explode. One of the first things I saw when I opened my eyes this morning was this line crawling by on the news ticker: Interracial couple denied marriage license in Louisiana. GEE, NOW I REALLY WANT TO MOVE THERE!
In the grand tradition of conservative backpedaling, the clerk in question, Keith Bardwell, is claiming he’s not racist. Right.
“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.”
He lets black people pee in his toilet? He’s a saint!
He did it for the cheeeldruuun:
“There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage,” Bardwell said. “I think those children suffer and I won’t help put them through it.”
Yes, sometimes they suffer so much that they become President of the United States.
This is the kind of thing that I keep running up against when I consider moving to Louisiana. In some ways, it would be like moving to a developing nation, albeit one where I wouldn’t need a passport. My mother always says that racism exists everywhere, but that’s not the argument I’m trying to make. Yes, it exists everywhere in this country; but the fact is that it tends to be normalized only in certain areas.
I’m sure the couple eventually got or will get their license from another clerk (or possibly from the same clerk, because discrimination on the basis of race is illegal even in the Gret Stet of Loozy-Anna). But this racist asshole has already permanently pissed all over what should have been one of the happiest days of their lives. Whenever they think of their wedding, they’ll inevitably get an angry knot in their stomach.
Lastly, I would like to tell Keith Bardwell that he’s polishing the brass on the Titanic, as it were. (Except that analogy makes me sound like I think interracial couples are a disaster, and I don’t.) If you ever observe the black people you see in Louisiana, you’ll see a lot of blue and green eyes, light skin, and fair hair. Races been mixing in the state for a while now, you ignorant cracker.
ETA: Research has uncovered that Mr. Bardwell was a registered Democrat until last year. Gee, what could have possibly been a factor in the ’08 elections that caused a lifelong Democrat to switch parties???
You can have him, Rethugs.