For The Sake Of The Children

From The Associated Press:

A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

Neither Bardwell nor the couple immediately returned phone calls from The Associated Press. But Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that he was not a racist.

“I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house,” Bardwell said. “My main concern is for the children.”

Bardwell said he has discussed the topic with blacks and whites, along with witnessing some interracial marriages. He came to the conclusion that most of black society does not readily accept offspring of such relationships, and neither does white society, he said.

“I don’t do interracial marriages because I don’t want to put children in a situation they didn’t bring on themselves,” Bardwell said. “In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer.”

Yes, yes, yes.  He’s right.  It’s so impossible for the children of interracial couples to get acceptance in American society that the state really should intervene and prevent those marriages altogether before more kids wind up ostracized like these people:

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  • Mike aka MonolithTMA

    Someone needs to step down from the bench.

  • sendaianonymous

    If he doesn’t get sacked, I’ll lose my faith in humanity for real :(

    It’s the most pathetic thing ever, because obviously when he says “America won’t accept interracial children”, he obviously means that he wouldn’t.
    And this is just sad.

    • Daniel Fincke

      obviously when he says “America won’t accept interracial children”, he obviously means that he wouldn’t.
      And this is just sad.

      You may not have experienced this in Poland (or maybe you did) but during the 2008 campaign I cannot tell you how many racists would take the tack of not directly opposing Obama but talking about how “concerned they were someone would assassinate him.” It was the creepiest, most Freudian sublimation in the world. They knew they couldn’t come right out and express their reactionary racist hatred, so it came out as a “concern” for this violent possibility. And THAT was a reason to oppose his continuing his run. You know, for his own good.

  • sendaianonymous

    I didn’t! What people were usually saying was “LOL BUSH”.
    Obama’s seriously ridiculously popular around here in Europe though. I’ve no idea about Poland at the moment, but German bookstores have his biographies, photo albums of his family, and generally Obama fan accessories everywhere :)

    But yeah, this is so terribly creepy :( They all ust be, like, not self-aware at all.

    • Daniel Fincke

      Yes, the lack of self-awareness is startling. And what else is worth a ton of psychological and philosophical investigation is the fact that racists will swear up and down now that they’re not racists, despite holding palpably racist views and attitudes. It’s odd that instead of insisting that racism is good, they have internalized the notion it’s bad and being unable to admit what they’re doing is bad, they have to say that it’s not what they’re doing. Though it CLEARLY IS. It’s a testament to how extraordinarily hard it is for us to consciously think something wrong and admit we’re still doing it unrepentantly. We can say, “I’m wrong and sorry about being wrong and now will change” or “I was wrong but now I’m better” but we cannot psychologically really say “I am wrong and accept that” very well.

      The same bizarreness is happening with homophobia. In the ’90s the right outright refused the term was descriptive of anything at all and not just a political invention for tarring those who opposed homosexuality. But in this decade I’ve started to hear right wing homophobes actually (pathetically) insist they’re not homophobic but no longer in a way that denies the existence of homophobia. It’s become just like racism. And that’s a cognitive dissonance that the majority will see through in no time with homophobia as it already does with racism.

  • sendaianonymous

    It’s odd that instead of insisting that racism is good, they have internalized the notion it’s bad and being unable to admit what they’re doing is bad, they have to say that it’s not what they’re doing.

    I think this article explains it rather nicely.

    I had to skip some of the quoted monologues. They made me slightly nauseaous.

  • sendaianonymous

    OH MY GOOOOOOD. I didn’t really want to read that article you linked to, because, ew, but look at this:

    If he did an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all, he said.

    “I try to treat everyone equally,” he said.

    This is raising lack of self-awareness to completely new levels D:

    • Daniel Fincke

      Yeah, I almost included that part in the original post but I try to constrain myself just to the necessary portions of things I clip from—especially when it’s the AP since it hates bloggers.