Racism vs. Law Breaking

(Original article dated October 17, 2009 – whimsydreams.net)

“I’m not a racist. 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 just like everyone else.”

These words fell out of Keith Bardwell’s mouth, a Justice from Louisiana, after backlash from his refusal to marry Beth Humphry and Terence McKay, an interracial couple.  Apparently he’s taken it upon himself to save all future interracial babies from a life of persecution and isolation by preventing the union of two races.  He was quick to add that these marriages never last anyway.  Justification?  Hardly.

They should’ve written the Constitution in braille so the blind eyes of Louisiana’s Attorney General and chief law enforcement officials could read it and know what the rules of the game are.  Bardwell has served as Justice for 34 years and the Attorney General warned him YEARS ago that if he got caught, he’d be in big twubble.

Bradwell shrugged him off, “I told him if I do, I’ll resign. . . .I have rights too. I’m not obligated to do that just because I’m a justice of the peace.”

In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously declared that the “Racial Integrity Act of 1924″, (which prevented interracial marriages) was unconstitutional, thereby overturning Pace vs. Alabalam (1883) and ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.  After its decision, the Supreme Court wrote:

“Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.”

So while the uproar is largely about racism, it’s more important to recognize that Justice Keith Bardwell has been breaking the law for 34 years.  Deliberately.  We’re all entitled to our personal beliefs…but our elected state officials are REQUIRED to uphold the law and abide by the Constitution of the United States of America.

If you don’t believe me, go ask the bi-racial President of the United States of America.  Looks like he did pretty good for himself.


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