The Associated Press reports a white 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.
The justice says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.
” ‘I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,’ Keith 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.’ ”
“Bardwell said he asks everyone who calls about marriage if they are a mixed race couple. If they are, he does not marry them, he said.”
“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.”
” ‘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.’ ”
“Bardwell estimates that he has refused to marry about four couples during his career, all in the past 2 1/2 years.”
As a Caucasian woman married to an Asian man, I am so offended by this! Our kids are mixed race and in our current community we don’t have any issues with it.
I think Michael did experience some racism when he was a child, but that would have happened if was full Asian or mixed Asian. So I don’t think that not mixing fixes the problem of racism.
What do you think: Are you OK with mixed marriages? Do you even think it’s an issue in today’s society? Do you think mixed race marriages experience harder times than other marriages? Do you think being mixed does affect the way kids are treated? Are “pure” minorities treated better or worse than a “mixed” child?