Racism Is Still Alive In America

1414333876_e864d33426_oA Louisiana judge, Keith Bardwell, from the Tangipahoa parish is yet another symptom that racism is still a problem in America in 2009, despite the election of the first African-American President.

Justice of the peace Bardwell is now in the middle of a growing controversy, likely to end his career, after refusing to give a marriage license to an interracial couple. Barwell said he denied the license “out of concern for the couple’s future children.” Bardwell insists that he is not a racist, and that he has a lot of Black friends that he “welcome to his house, and even let them use the bathroom.”

“There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage. I think those children suffer and I won’t help put them through it,” said Bardwell. What Mr. Bardwell should comprehend is that one of the children of such marriages, between a white women & a black man, is our current President. It seems that he did pretty well in compensating  for what Mr. Bardwell views as a birth handicap.

The couple, Beth Humphrey and Terrence McKay, has expressed that they will contact the US Justice Department to file a discrimination complaint. “That was one thing that made this so unbelievable. It is not something you expect in this day & age,” said Humphrey.

The ACLU has asked the Louisiana Judiciary Committee for an investigation in the case.

“It is really astonishing and disappointing to see this come up in 2009. The Supreme Court ruled in 1967 that the government cannot tell people who they can or cannot marry,” said ACLU’s Katie Schwartzmann.

She is referring to the case of Mildred Loving and her husband Richard, whose landmark lawsuit against the State of Virginia led to a Supreme Court decision in 1967 in favor of interracial couples’ right to marry.

The ruling was 42 years ago, and it was critical in the overall context of the civil rights movement. However, this case is a reminder that America  has still a very long way to go, even 42 years later, to become a color blind society.

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44 Responses to Racism Is Still Alive In America

  1. Kate October 16, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Absolutely shocking. When people try to act like the open animosity toward the President is not racism it emboldens them all to just come crawling right out of the wood work.

    • ca October 17, 2009 at 4:32 pm

      I am so proud I am not american…

      • seearees October 17, 2009 at 5:18 pm

        You are pathetic and a bigot.

      • Thijs October 18, 2009 at 7:40 am

        Me too!

        • Guy October 18, 2009 at 7:48 am

          You are not much different when you say “I am so proud I am not american”. You are judging Americans just like every other racist. Keep it up! Douche…

  2. James Dickerson October 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Here we are in the 21st century and we still have such moronic thinking stinking up the world. You would have thought with our ability to educate people so well that we would not have left so many backwards thinking people in the dust. It doesn’t matter how far up the chain they are they eventually fall backwards into the realm of ignorance.

    I do not want hate mongers allowed to walk freely on our streets.

    • matt October 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm

      Why shouldn’t hateful people be allowed to walk the streets? I don’t agree with them and i think hate is wrong. But hating shouldn’t be illegal. Discrimination should be illegal, but you can’t have a thought police. We can reconcile our rights, we don’t need to step on some peoples’ rights to ensure others’.

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  4. smqknaces October 17, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    If you though racism was dead, you must be deaf and blind

  5. Brian October 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    For a lot of people, it is dead. I live in the northwest and there may be prejudices, but race doesn’t play into it much(I just hate wannabe gangsters, white, black, or brown). I thought that is how the country was, but then you hear a story like this and start to wish the south would secede again.

    • David October 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm

      No question the South has it’s problems. I grew up there, but have traveled the world and lived in the the Northwest for over 20 years. Without a doubt, racism is an issue EVERYWHERE one goes. If we blame it on any one region or group, we are no better than Bardwell.

      • Ward October 17, 2009 at 4:43 pm

        Actually, racism is well esconced in the PNW. We have more than our share of white supremicists. Portland was one of the worst cities in the country well past the civil rights bill passed. Its still got its problems in this area.

  6. Drew October 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    “…this case is a reminder that America has still a very long way to go, even 42 years later, to become a color blind society.”

    Really? Do we have left-handed people in our society? Of course we do. Would you then say that American society is left-handed? No. That’s asinine. And yet the actions of one man (or even a very large minority) are enough to label over 300,000,000 people? That’s embarrassingly specious reasoning. The guy’s a racist and an obvious tool, but he isn’t singlehandedly keeping America from being color blind. Such a society doesn’t have to have consensus for the title to be appropriate.

    • James Gentile October 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm

      Good point Drew. I wanted to say the same thing, some people need to cling to the idea that everything is messed up and will use rare examples to prove it to themselves and others. This is one ignorant fool, I see interracial couples all the time, eating where I eat, doing what I do, and no one cares. (I’m also the child of an interracial couple.)

  7. Mike Licht October 17, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Tangipahoa Parish has another claim to fame: It was the filming location for In the Heat of the Night, the TV show about race and the law.

    See:

    http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/10/17/not-in-tangipahoa-parish/

  8. Juzy October 17, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Ha, you guys were calling my country backwards because 5 guys dressed up like the Jackson’s….

    Whose backwards now?

    • seearees October 17, 2009 at 5:25 pm

      Nearly your entire country got behind those 5 guys and defended them. This is one moronic judge that will lose his job because of what he did. His views aren’t a reflection of our country as a whole. The same can’t be said about yours

      • Amy October 17, 2009 at 7:59 pm

        Have you read any of the Australian coverage related to that event?

        The ‘skit’ has been almost universally condemned as offensive, tasteless, and damaging to Australia’s reputation overseas.

        This is a show that was exhumed by a flagging network in a desperate bid to get ratings. Disappointingly, it did rate well.

        To judge an entire society by one crappy ‘skit’ on a show is offensive.

      • Juzy October 18, 2009 at 1:39 am

        Probably the most backwards (ignorant?) thing was seeing your country apply it’s history of racism to a country that has no connection to those events. Blackface means nothing to us, indeed while the skit offended people, you can’t expect us to be sorry just because it upset the most important people in the world…

        • seearees October 18, 2009 at 1:46 pm

          This is where you guys have it backwards. What is racist cannot be judged by the people that commit the act, it can only be judged by the people it offends. Just because you’re too ignorant to see blackface is offensive, American or not, does not make it ok.

          • Juzy October 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm

            What I saw on that show were a bunch of guys dressed up like the Jackson’s. Because they painted their faces black Americans go into a panic about how racist the world is and that they are the lone bastion of racial harmony.

            ….But your lawmakers are racist enough to stop an interracial marriage.

  9. Nick October 17, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Wow, Southern Pride is now Racism. Black pride and diversity is openly supported and taught to be a good thing in school, but when I say that I’m proud of being white its racist, and when I enjoy the fruits of my labor I got them from trampling on the poor in the country it must be because affirmative action isn’t widespread. God, is anyone as frustrated with this liberal garbage as I am?!?
    White Pride World Wide!

    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier October 17, 2009 at 7:59 pm

      Keep in mind that we have a zero tolerance for racial slurs on News Junkie Post. I just deleted a comment for this specific reason.

    • seearees October 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm

      Go away. You are helping no one.

    • Daniel October 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm

      I like people who complain about affirmative action. The real question you should be asking is why did we in the first place have to create a law like affirmative action? In a civilized society we shouldn’t even have to put up with racism that led to it.

  10. John Paul October 17, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    blacks can say ‘black pride’ because they actually have a culture and they don’t think they are superior to any other race.

    latinos can say ‘brown pride’ because they actually have a culture and they don’t think they are superior to any other race.

    what’s wrong with whites saying ‘white pride’? you have a history of killing over 90% of all the natives of this land to make it your land. you shipped blacks here from africa and built this country on their backs. when they finally fought back you lynched and murdered them. i could go on and on…

    • seitgeist October 17, 2009 at 11:00 pm

      actually……i think the folks from spain did the same thing to central/south america……there goes the “brown pride” justification…oh, and if you check out african history closely you will find that a great majority of that “culture” on the continent of africa sold it’s own well before anyone took them by force….

      • Jeremy October 18, 2009 at 8:54 am

        OK Seitgeist….

        The denizens of Spain are Spanish, not Latino, the vast majority of central and southern Americans are from mixed (Spanish, Indian, and African) backgrounds and are Latinos. They threw off Spanish chains and successfully liberated themselves from imperialist tyranny much like The Americans did to the English, only they did so without the help of the French. Without much help at all, really. They are a very, very different people from the Spanish (I’m assuming you’re saying the previous argument failed because they are the same, otherwise I’m clueless as to what you’re basing that one) and it is ok to be proud of that. Just like it is OK to be proud of being an American for the good parts of American history (The Declaration of Indenpence, The Bill of Rights, kicking Nazi butt in WWII, the fact that we have one of the most culturally diverse and liberal societies in the world).

        Before the europeans showed up African slavery was a very different thing. It was more similar to endentured servitude, and if one couldn’t take care of one’s “slaves” (who were usually opponents one captured in battle who would serve the other for a few years as a point of pride before returning home) they were freed. Of course, this varied from tribe to tribe. In early undeveloped cultures this was almost a necessity, like arranged marriage.

        And, I would really like to point out, that just like when you were a kid, and your brother hit you, your parents wouldn’t accept, “But Billy did it first!” as a justification for you hitting him back. A first evil does not justify a second one.

        Racial pride makes sense when you live in a society which discriminates against your race. It is almost a necessity in order to be able to grow and to make it. Whites aren’t discriminated against in America, therefore white pride is senseless. There also isn’t a unifying white-culture, really. We’re way too diverse for that, almost all of us are mutts with drastically different backgrounds.

        • Russell October 20, 2009 at 8:38 am

          “Whites aren’t discriminated against in America, therefore white pride is senseless” HA HA HA HA HA

          Racial pride is OK for every race except whites – Isn’t that in and of itself discriminatory? Affirmative Action is discriminatory against whites. Racism is so ‘rampant’ in America because Al and Jesse are in America claiming everything is racist. You have Don Imus calling a group of girls nappy headed, and that becomes ‘the worst racial slur ever’?! Macaca – a nonsense word – becomes racist? Four black men and on black woman rape/torture/kill a white couple and that’s not a racist/hate crime? I know some people only pay attention to what they want to hear, condemn anything that doesn’t fit into their world view as lies, but this is getting ridiculous.

  11. Qahir Maharaj October 17, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    i am not racist, but maybe the judges ruling is right because i am all for protecting the unborn child of this couple. whites and blacks are equal, but is it correct for them to be marrying?

    does the black have a job to support the child and mother? will he be around for his family or will he be out playing basketball all day? if the answer is no then maybe they shouldn’t have a child. i am not a politician, just my opinion.

    • Anon October 17, 2009 at 11:28 pm

      Wow.. I just don’t know what to say.

    • Badda Being October 18, 2009 at 12:39 am

      Your opinion is racist.

    • Guy October 18, 2009 at 7:51 am

      Haha, that is great. Stereotypical? Sure. Funny? Yep!

  12. Qahir Maharaj October 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    also, americans aren’t the only people who are racist. in fact, many other cultures are far more racist than americans. i was just in beijing and the cab drivers flat out refused to drive black. if that happened in america it would probably be all over the news, like this story. europeans are the same way too.

    the world is becoming alarmingly liberal… im all for progress but what happened to traditional moral values?

    • Jeremy October 18, 2009 at 8:59 am

      Do me a favor and define traditional moral values?

      What is wrong with liberalism? I understand not wanting it to invade economics, but from a social and ethical perspective, you can’t deny liberalism. Increasing freedom (provided increased freedom does not infringe upon the freedom of others) is always a good thing, and, in my opinion, a historical imperative (that’s where the Marxists had it wrong, they went economic first, socially is where it starts).

      • Qahir Maharaj October 18, 2009 at 5:01 pm

        am i being cross examined?

        just look at the kids today. bringing guns to school instead of books. voting for celebrities instead of scholars for president. getting pregnant at 12 instead of playing kick ball or something. or not getting pregnant at all because they are gay.

        as far as social liberalism… should i be allowed to walk around the streets smoking crack and shooting up heroin? should i be allowed to have sex with different kinds of animals in the park? or better yet in the zoo? if i wind up calling these animals after the first date, should i be allowed to marry them later? im all about progress but a line must be drawn.

        • Qahir Maharaj October 18, 2009 at 5:06 pm

          oh and im pretty sure over in the middle east, people are suffering under much worse discrimination than this.

          women are severely oppressed in those nations. but when the us goes over there to save them, people say its none of our business interfering in their lives.

  13. alex October 18, 2009 at 1:32 am

    “the government cannot tell people who they can or cannot marry”

    well, they do. same sex marriage.

  14. Tyrone Jenkins October 18, 2009 at 1:38 am

    As an African American myself I wouldn’t be so quick to criticize the judge here. In this day and age when anyone can get married in Nevada and when such a high proportion of marriages end in divorce, I believe it’s right to uphold high standards, which is exactly what the judge was doing. Don’t forget there’s plenty of African American families that could reject a member of theirs because they married someone white. In the end, it’s the married couple, and their future kids who might struggle. Just keep calm people, discussion is alright but not hysteria. Sometimes it seems like when people don’t agree with something they’re very quick to call it racism.

  15. Sam Lowry October 18, 2009 at 2:23 am

    You realise that by stating the country still has a while to go in order to become a ‘colour-blind’ society, then people will just see black or white (as well as lots of shades of grey), not an ideal metaphor to use it seems. Apart from that, it is disgraceful that a judge with the power he has can turn around and say this, i assumed Americans were meant to be free?

  16. HighPingDrifter October 18, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Somebody needs to tell this racist Ku Klux Klown (Judge Bardwell) that there’s a Black man in the White House, and he *ain’t* the butler!

    .H*P*D.

  17. Jim Crow October 18, 2009 at 8:05 am

    What’s the difference between a black man and a snow tire?
    Snow tires dont sing when you put chains on em

  18. Ace October 18, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Colorblindedness is a racist term because it fails to acknowledge people of color, and in a way turns them all white. The differences between cultures make America beautiful.

  19. john October 19, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Are people just ignoring the fact the black’s racist against whites? Because the majority of racism is towards whites/asians etc.

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