We’re Still Living In The Dark Ages ……………..

And here am I thinking that the US sees its citizens as being equal under the law ? Perhaps all of the idiocy that it alleges is ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ is nothing more than a fallacy ?

Outside  a  bus stand   in   Durham  ,  North   Carolina   during  the   fifties.    picture  courtesy   wiki/archives/    Race  relations   ................
Outside a bus stand in Durham , North Carolina during the fifties. picture courtesy wiki/archives/ Race relations ................

If you’re in some doubt then read the following story and ask yourself has this country really progressed over the last forty years , since the ‘Civil Rights Era’ highlighted by the events of the fifties and the sixties ?

Courtesy of Associated Press;

Interracial couple denied marriage license

La. justice of the peace cites concerns about any children couple might have

HAMMOND, La. – 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.”

‘I feel the children will later suffer’
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.”

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

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

Thirty-year-old Beth Humphrey and 32-year-old Terence McKay, both of Hammond, say they will consult the U.S. Justice Department about filing a discrimination complaint.

Humphrey told the newspaper she called Bardwell on Oct. 6 to inquire about getting a marriage license signed. She says Bardwell’s wife told her that Bardwell will not sign marriage licenses for interracial couples.

“It is really astonishing and disappointing to see this come up in 2009,” said American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana attorney Katie Schwartzman. “The Supreme Court ruled as far back as 1963 that the government cannot tell people who they can and cannot marry.”

‘He knew he was breaking the law’
The ACLU was preparing a letter for the Louisiana Supreme Court, which oversees the state justices of the peace, asking them to investigate Bardwell and see if they can remove him from office, Schwartzman said.

“He knew he was breaking the law, but continued to do it,” Schwartzman said.

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According to the clerk of court’s office, application for a marriage license must be made three days before the ceremony because there is a 72-hour waiting period. The applicants are asked if they have previously been married. If so, they must show how the marriage ended, such as divorce.

Other than that, all they need is a birth certificate and Social Security card.

The license fee is $35, and the license must be signed by a Louisiana minister, justice of the peace or judge. The original is returned to the clerk’s office.

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If this story doesn’t paint a stark contrast of what this country claims it is and how it likes to portray itself to its allies across the globe. Then in reality the actions of but a few alludes one to believe that not much has in effect changed. What I’d like to know is what this official is thinking in denying this couple a marriage license to begin with ? It oughtn’t to be his concern as to what the familial environment will be or the fact that this happens to be an interracial couple to begin with.

Mildred  Loving  and her husband  Richard  Loving     shown  here  in  January  of   1965  in their   home .    The   couple  were   part  of  a  landmark   ruling   by  the  US  Supreme   Court  that  allowed   interracial   marriage .  The  ruling   was   in a case   brought  against the  state   of Virginia    in  1967  . Which  they  ended   up  winning  and  in  essence  it   brought  about  a  social   change  that  had   wide   reaching   ramifications   across  the   country  with  regard  to   race  relations and   that   of    interracial  relationships .       picture  appears   courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Richard  Cutler   .........................
Mildred Loving and her husband, Richard Loving, shown here in January of 1965 in their home . The couple were part of a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court that allowed interracial marriage . The ruling was in a case brought against the state of Virginia in 1967 . Which they ended up winning and in essence it brought about a social change that had wide reaching ramifications across the country with regard to race relations and that of interracial relationships . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Richard Cutler .........................

If this couple has broken no civil or federal laws pertaining to this act. Then they ought not to have been denied a marriage license in the course of making the application. As asinine as this might sound this but indicates how out of touch this individual is , and how he no doubts views the world.

The excuse being used by this city official borders on the absurd to begin with. And these are some of the numerous lessons that we want to teach the next generation ? Excuse me for saying this but this official should be relieved of his position as a city or parish official. The days of this sort of bigotry cannot be tolerated at all. This after-all is the 21st century and not the height of the ‘Jim Crow laws’ or earlier discrimination from a bygone era.

Unfortunately because of the internal strife within the country at present. And the mere fact that issues are being drawn out not only amongst socio-economic lines but also racial lines. It clearly shows that the country is spiraling out of control socially as well as economically. It now sets a bad precedence , wherein, the future generation will see this as just another way of showing that we’ve not generally progressed all that far from the civil rights era where there was a great deal of racial intolerance being shown by the then majority against the ethnic minorities within the United States of America. Somehow the word ‘United’ when used in context to describe this country now becomes something of an oxymoron at this juncture. As nothing could be further from the truth !
I’d preface this by saying when a country is united it tends to work alongside each other in trying to work out its differences. Not using a form racial indifference to justify an act or belief.

Author: tophatal ...........

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8 thoughts on “We’re Still Living In The Dark Ages ……………..”

  1. I hadn’t heard about this, but it’s pretty ridiculous. I think that there has been some obvious leaps since the civil rights movement, but since I’m not close to the places where it’s the worst I guess my view is slightly jaded over here in liberal California! I do think that there are a ton of people that still have prehistoric beliefs that people are in fact inferior. I think having Barrack in office would open some eyes, but I guess not in this case…

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    1. chappy 81

      This is as repulsive and repugnant a story as I’ve read or heard about in a long time. And the US would have the world believe that it is a beacon of light that can lead them morally and politically ? That’s as stupid a statement as I’ve heard in a long time. This country is still divided along racial and socio economic lines. And a story such as this candidly bears that out. And for that official to state that he wasn’t making a racial comment . Well it clearly shows how backwads and unintelligent his thinking is. It’s not down to him to deny this couple a marriage license if they’ve broken no state or federal statute. As they’re still a couple be it racial or otherwise they’ve been denied a right that is recognized by law.

      This sort of thing is still indicative what goes on across the country . Sometimes it’s overt , other times it is not. Unfortunately it’ll just be glossed over as nothing more than being trivial to some.

      Alan Parkins

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  2. Good piece. Didn’t know about the 1965 Lovings.
    What gets me is you couldn’t find a non-mixed person in all of Louisiana. But it feels good that the world can finally see how racist a lot of those people really are. That is contrary to popular belief.

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    1. Ronin Storm

      When I first heard this and then read about it , I couldn’t have imagined that sh_t like this was still going on in the US ? But it just goes to show how unintelligent certain parts of the country still remains. It’s not this official’s business to make such a decision when this couple has met all of the criteria that warrants them being able to obtain a marriage license.

      I’ve always maintained that there are certain parts of the country that still yearn for the bygone era of Wallace , Rockwell and others of that ilk ! That’s why this country is still no longer respected on the world stage as it can’t state that it holds the moral high ground on any social or economic issue at all !

      Alan Parkins

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  3. Yeah, I agree that nowadays more than ever we are divided by economic class. The gap is getting bigger and bigger, which makes for a different type of separation. I agree they should be able to get hitched though. If I were them and had the ability to relocate somewhere, I’d probably go with that option… This basic right shouldn’t be taken from anyone!

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    1. chappy 81

      There are those on both sides of the political aisle who are in some way are happy with the present situation. It gives them an arena to foment a great deal of unrest whilst trying to elicit their own ideas into the mainstream thinking that it’ll be accepted by all. Any dissension and then it’s met with loutish and boorish behavior. Is it no wonder that the country is in such a mess and the rest of the world has lost respect for the US ? It’s now only a dominant power military wise. In the other arenas it’s beginning to fall behind in so many ways that its’s frightening to think it no longer holds the moral high ground , nor does it stand for anything !

      Alan Parkins

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  4. Typical of some people in the south still today. They probably are still fighting the civil war.

    I can go along with inter racial marriages if both trully are commited to make the marriage work. Same sex marriages is another story.

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    1. Larry

      It’s a sad indictment of this country of what espouses to be when you still have this sort of behavior now going on in a new millenium. And this parish official believes that his act wasn’t a racial act of intolerance. Is it any wonder that the South today is still viewed as ignorant and intolerant and above all uneducated ?

      Alan Parkins

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