Overt Racism by Louisiana Judge!

Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell in Tangipahoa Parish’s 8th Ward refused to perform an “inter-racial” marriage (see here).  Now Gov. Bobby Jindal is calling on him to have his license revoked.

While they are right, this “Justice” is anything but someone who dispenses “justice” and should be forced to resign, will the same standard be applied to the racist, sexist Justice Sonia Sotomayor who repeated, over two decades statements such as:

I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life” – Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 2001 (similar statements were made in 1994, 1999, 2000 and 2003)

Racism and sexism have no place any court and yet the Obama Administration and Congress have appointed a racist, sexist Supreme Court Justice and heralded it as a step forward.

Racism and sexism on the court is a step backwards.  (And the concept of “race” being defined by skin color makes about as much sense as saying “she is a green” because her eyes are green, or “he is a blue” because his eyes or blue, or “he is a red” because he has red hair.  It is absolute insanity to think that skin color would change someone’s “race”.  We’re all part of the human race, let’s just get over it.  Too bad Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Bardwell are too uneducated and bigoted to appreciate reality.  And too bad Congress and the President support a sexist, racist like Justice Sotomayor.)

It wasn’t until approximately 120-140 years ago (depending on the area) that the government began getting involved in the marriage licensing business and providing differing impacts based on your marital status.  Until that point it was a religious issue.  If you found someone to marry you, you got married.  Imagine how that would make the political arguments today like this one?  They’d go away, it would be the private business of the parties involved.  It would be no one else’s business.  Likewise it wasn’t until well after the income tax was passed that it was used to encourage (or discourage) marriage.  Again, if the government treated individuals equally, it would not be an issue.  At the time of the Founding, the thought that the states would be involved in licensing marriage would have been a foreign concept.

As you can see by the comments below, when government gets involved, you end up with a political fight. Which is the intent.  That is why (as described here) power-hungry politicians want the government involved in the maximum of issues – they can then divide us and keep their power.

Finally, it is not the business of the Justice here to determine whether or not he personally approves or whether he believes it will harm any potential children.  His job is to enforce the law and the laws of the state do not prohibit inter-‘racial’ marriage.  Legislation from the bench is wrong no matter who is doing it.  If he can not uphold his oath to enforce the laws of the state (or Federal) he should resign.  A judge who will not enforce the law is not qualified to serve.  Whether he likes it or not, it is just too bad.

Racism is discrimination based on skin color, aka “race” (“colorism” or “skinism” would probably be a more accurate term).  Anyone, no matter the language they speak, the color of the eyes, skin or hair, gender or where they are from, who makes distinctions based on the color of someone’s skin is not just racist, they are ignorant.  Discrimination for someone’s idea of a good cause is as evil as discrimination for a bad cause.

No doubt the KKK thought their racism was for a “good cause,” but that does not mean it was not ignorant and was not racism.  The government must be color-blind in all its affairs or it is condoning racism – for example, affirmative action is not color blind. Just as slavery is bad whether it is “for someone’s idea of a good cause,” “for no cause,” or “for a bad cause” discrimination based on the color of someone’s skin is bad no matter what the motivation. People who discriminate “for” one group are discriminating “against” another and it is wrong, evil, and only encourages strife.  Discriminating against the innocent today for the sins of the guilty of the past is fair to no individual, but blatantly promoted by the race peddlers today.  Discrimination in favor of the innocent today against other innocents today does nothing to help the people harmed in the past.  In short discrimination today will do nothing to remedy the discrimination of the past. Everyone’s ancestors were discriminated against at one point or another.  But I am not owed a debt by the people that did it to my ancestors, nor does anyone owe the reverse.  The sins of the great-grandmothers are not the sins of the sons.

Anyone who favors discrimination based on skin color is a racist.  Period.  Anyone who is against Martin Luther King’s dream of people being judged on the content of their character and not the color of their skin is a racist by the definition of racism.  Affirmative action judges people differently based on the color of their skin.  It may be uncomfortable to hear, but affirmative action advocates are racist just as the KKK, no matter that they think racism for a good cause is justified.  Just as Robert Byrd, Democrat Senator, former KKK was a blatant pro-KKK racist until at least 1982, affirmative action advocates will eventually have to confront the fact that they are judging people by the color of their skin, just as the KKK does.  There are plenty of racists who think “racism for a good cause” is okay, but the impact is the same, you are judging based on the color of someone’s skin, the most evil and  ludicrous distinction that can be made.

When the government uses force to enforce racism it is even worse.  Being an ignorant individual is protected in a free society, but government racism is not.  Everyone is free to be stupid, ignorant, smart or anything else as long as they are willing to bear the cost of so being. People are free to make good decisions and bad decisions as long as they are the ones who pay the price for doing so.  However, as the Justices above are both ignorant racists, it is impossible to uphold the law of the land while continuing their racist statements.  Being a racist officer of the court is not protect nor should it be tolerated.

13 thoughts on “Overt Racism by Louisiana Judge!”

  1. A justice of the peace in Hammond, Louisiana has denied an interracial couple a marriage license –

    “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,” Bardwell told the Associated Press.

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    “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.”

    I find it interesting that people are throwing a fit, but the same people who are complaining also voted for and added an amendment to their state Constitution banning gay marriage and civil unions.

    It also prohibits state officials and courts from recognizing any out-of-state same-sex marriages or civil unions.

    Nothing like cherry picking our racism and discrimination.

    Karma is a very strange creature. Because what goes around, can, will, and does come around in strange and unexpected ways, shapes, and forms.
    When this story popped up, that was the first thing that popped into my mind, “What are Louisiana’s laws concerning gay marriage and civil unions?”

    This is what happens. Because the voters and legislature of Louisiana decided to vote on and add a discriminating amendment to their state Constitution; people’s mindset has become such that if we can legally discriminate against this group doing this; why not discriminate against this group doing that too? One thing leads back to another.

    It’s prejudice, and it’s ignorance, on a level that is staggering at this point in time. And you know what? People voted to make it legal.

    And for those of you who don’t believe that this racial discrimination and the discrimination against gay aren’t one and the same; I urge you to take a closer look at the arguments portrayed here. This justice of the peace and opponents of gay marriage both claim they’re doing it for the good of the children!!

  2. When I read the initial article, I thought, ‘OMGosh, he needs his license revoke. I was really upset. I too am in a interracial marriage. I couldn’t believe that someone thinks that way this day and age.

    I took a step back, and thought about it for a minute. Then I came to terms with his view. I thought about it like this…’If I were an OBGYN, I would want to have the option not to perform abortions, because I do not think that it is right to have one. I also believe that people should have the right to choose what is right for them, so I would refer them to someone else.’ I don’t ever plan to get into that field, I am just saying I believe that everyone should have the right to choose. He did offer other names as referrals.

    My hubby and I have been married for 10 years and have two wonderful children. He’s black and I am white.

  3. The man is not racist if that is the case 80% of blacks would be labeled also. Just because you dont agree with a mixed marriages does not make you a racist just like opposing gay marriage does not make you a homophobe. The man marries blacks and whites he is just looking out for the children of these marriages. They should just drop it and stop seeking publicity. PS IS she a man or woman, Im not sure that race is the real issue here this looks like a transgende isuue instead,

  4. this is precisely why people in the northern parts of the united states thinks everyone in the south is some redneck, inbred, klansman hillbilly. i’ve lived in Texas my entire life and yet to utter the improper contract for “you all” because i don’t want sound like a hick

  5. * Mack, I would just say that two wrongs don’t make a right. If the government was not involved, it would not be an issue for them to decide, it would be the business of two parties, nothing more. And it is doing just want the Progressives of the late 1800s intended – giving a foothold for power and another issue to divide people on.
    * Rob, interesting, thanks for sending the link.
    * Sabby, the different between an obgyn and the Justice here is that the Justice has the imprint of the government here and the force of it behind him. A private citizen does not. I agree as a private citizen he can be as stupid as he wants, but not as someone who has sworn to uphold the law. Anyone who does not uphold the law equally should not swear to do so.
    * Bonnie, anyone – ANYONE – who makes a distinction based on race is a racist by definition. Everyone is of course welcome to their opinion, but forcing it on others is the problem. In the past the government did not have any say in who you married because it wasn’t their business. Politicians wanted the power to do so and the result is that it has become a political issue instead of a liberty issue.
    * Jim, I agree that there may be racists in the south, but there are often racists in the north who want to institutionalize racism – the government making different assessments based on the color of someone’s skin. It is called affirmative action.

    Glad everyone had so much to say, as always, friendly discussion is welcome.

  6. So let me get this straight Bardwell is against inter-racial marriages because of how the kids are affected and inter-racial marriages don’t last. This has got to be the most backward ass redneck on the planet. I assume he wants to protect children created in inter-racial marriages from people like himself. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck guess what. It’s a duck and Keith Bardwell you are a racist! As for not marrying the couple because inter-racial marriages don’t work then maybe white people shouldn’t get married to white people either since half of those marriages don’t work. This guy thinks he’s God or something! What a doucher! Very sad in this day and age!

  7. Bonnie something is seriously wrong with you. You can’t say 80% of blacks are racists no more than I can say 80% of Whites are. Not only that blacks do not control TV, Radio, Fortune 500 business’s. Blacks are not in the position to stop Whites from getting jobs, housing…etc. You are the racists for even thinking that this clown, who is a public servant, is right for picking and choosing when he wants to do his job. Let people marry who they want to marry.

  8. As long as people put up with men in power abusing them and their power, we can only expect things to get worse in this country….Freedoms are not just for the powerful….God wants to rule man, but man will not be ruled by God. I suppose they had rather be ruled by other men….Not me!

  9. Bonnie, you must be related to the judge or you definitely have the same mindset..illegal and ignorant. It is not his decision to make on who is to get married. His job is to uphold the laws and constitutions of this country, you know without prejudice. As since Lousiana cannot make a decision, then he federal needs to step in and charge him for violating Americans constitutional rights and every person of color that was every in his courtroom, cases needs to be examined. You can pay his legal fees.

  10. I’m glad that the government can still tell people who they can or can’t marry, wiretap their phones without warrants, and arrest and detain people without charges because THAT’S what FREEDOM is all about.

  11. “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.”

    Try and wrap your mind around his logic. If a black person will “not accept” a child that is not all black and a white person will “not accept” a child that is not all white, will a white person “accept” a child thas is all black or a black person “accept” a child that is all white? This white judge does not consider himself a racist because he has “piles of black friends” that are even allowed to use his bathroom. And I guess they will remain his friends as long as they keep their hands off of white people.

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