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October 16, 2009

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Dear racists:

Hurry the fuck up and die already. Apparently, the rest of us can't move on with society until you either let go of your bigoted beliefs or die, and frankly I'm not holding my breath on the former.

He can't be racist. He lets black people use his bathroom!

WHAT THE FUCK I DON'T EVEN WHAT

A.

I'm sure he will lose his license soon. People like this make it harder for the rest of us in Louisiana. There's no denying that bigotry still exists Louisiana, especially in smaller towns, and it is such a shame. I think the problem pretty much boils down to the problems with education. It's hard to fight in the smaller towns because many of the 'good jobs' do not require much or any education (e.g. oil field), and subsequently education is not highly valued. However, I'm sure most people in the state will agree that what this guy is doing is wrong and would support his license removal.

They use my bathroom.

Jeebus. Doesn't that just speak volumes about this guy?

He's seriously stupid. That interview is going to make his life miserable. The story has hit the front page of the Times-Picayune. The local/regional press seems to have gotten scooped by the AP. I'll check the BR paper online when I get to work.

Perhaps the saddest thing about this is that this guy may sincerely believe he's not a racist. (Btw, the article appears to be a little confused, because JP's don't actually issue marriage licenses; the county clerk issues them, and the JP signs after officiating at the marriage.) Is JP an elected or appointed position down there?

Everything's elective in Louisiana. A slight exageration but Bardwell is elected.

You are correct that clerks issue licenses but it's obviously still illegal for him to refuse to marry these folks. They may be new to Hammond and not know about Bardwell.

I also think you're right: this guy doesn't think he's a racist.

That little triangle of Louisiana above Lake Maurepas between Hammond and Baton Rouge and northward into Mississippi is kind of an historic epicenter of Klan activity. Not surprising that this buy believes it would be difficult for an interracial couple living there.

I'm sure he doesn't believe he's a racist either. In his mind, I'm sure he's just being practical. Call it a blue dog approach, if you must.

Does this douche who thinks he is doing it for their future kids, because apparently no one will accept them, realize Obama had a white mother? Too bad we live in a world that our own President can't even find a culture to identify with.

Athenae,

If he were a racist, he'd still have seperate colored water fountains and bathrooms. Racism ended with Brown vs. Board of Education.

He shows his great, enlightened, urbane attitude by letting blacks sit at the front of the bus.

;-)

Plus they can sit on his terlet. Now that's enlightened...

I wonder what he'd make of me and my boyfriend. Me: Pale enough to trace through, blue eyes, brown hair. Ancestry: Ukranian and British isles. My boyfriend: Pale enough to trace through, green eyes, dark auburn hair, English accent, slight resemblance to Ho Chi Minh. Ancestry: English, Portuguese, Thai.

Not everybody who's "mixed-race" is part-black, and not everybody who even is part-black looks it. (So, if a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, white-skinned legal Negro marries a black woman, does this guy think that's a mixed marriage, or not?)

if he let me use his bathroom i would shit on his floor.

Hahaha @ Chris R

Yeah, apparently he believes that white people allowing black people to use their bathrooms is some sort of progress. Why would he even include that in his interview?! So odd.

As one of those "poor children of Mixed Blood", life has been pretty good, well not when my step-mother learned that my Nother's family has way more of the dreaded tainted blood than just that one single drop that disqualifies thee for actual inclusin in the Human Race. Or is that the "Cracker" Race?

just hope he dies quickly.

Dear Lord, Heavenly Father, I'm giving this to you... I know that as hurtful as this story is for some of us to hear, somehow...through your loving plan, this shocking thing being exposed will become a blessing to many. Amen. Mary Coppin

bardwell for president!
he's got little legs and big balls!!!!!!!a

I, too, laughed like a hyena when I saw his "I let all my Negro friends come in and even use my bathroom" comment. I mean really, what kind of backwoods hick town is he in anyway?

I gave up thinking of anyone in terms of race a long time ago. If you look at the ebb and flow of history, just about everyone on the planet has had their bloodlines mingled through war/conquest/migration at some point. Some more than others, to be sure. But what it comes down to is that we are a planet of "mutts". There are very few if any pure bloodlines left in existence. Maybe the Ainu of Japan or the Aboriginals of Australia come close, due to their long-term isolation from the wider world, I don't know for sure.

People should just get over this whole concept of racial heritage and the especially heinous concept of "racial purity". All it does is give rise to bigotry wherever it rears its' head.

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