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Oct 17, 2009

Louisiana... I hate you. GROW UP!

Interracial relationships are more common now than in, say, 1950, but the pressure on today's mixed couple is still very real.

The miscegenation of our society may seem to be growing at a steady rate based on how often we’ve been talking about race lately. But let’s not kid ourselves. Interracial relationships represent approximately seven percent of couples in the country, which is incredible progress considering they represented just .07 percent in 1960. But for our ever-diversifying nation, these are alarmingly low figures. For the most part, everyone is still sticking to their “own kind.” Is this intentional segregation or just cultural tradition? Could be both. But one thing remains certain: Every interracial couple entering into a serious relationship knows what struggles lie ahead. Maybe that 93 percent would just rather avoid them.

It was only 40 years ago—on June 12, 1967—that the U.S. Supreme Court knocked down a Virginia statute barring whites from marrying non-whites. The Loving v. Virginia ruling also overturned similar bans in 15 other states. This was the same year that Hollywood released “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”, a comedy based on a white couple’s inability to accept their daughter’s black fiancĂ©. The film was considered both groundbreaking and controversial.

Even after all this I could not believe what I heard about an interracial couple from Louisiana.

Go to Louisiana and you’ll find jazz, Creole culture, crawfish and all sorts of good stuff.  But you won’t find much interracial love, at least not while justice of the peace Keith Bardwell is on the job. He’s refusing to issue marriage licenses to interracial couples out of concern for their future children.


According to Bardwell, who is a justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, interracial marriages don’t last long.

“I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,” 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 also said that it’s his policy to not marry mixed race couples, and always pre-screens.  After conducting his own independent research, he claims he’s discovered that black society doesn’t accept mixed race offspring. He also feels that white society doesn’t accept the offspring. CLICK HERE FOR SOURCE



  1. 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.


  2. being in an interracial relationship myself, and having my older sister being of mixed race, i think this guy who don't marry interracial couples is undoubtedly racist. I'm sorry, it might be just because my family is multicultural, though I doubt it, but I see no difference within the races, nor in that matter in sexual orientation. I've got a chinese aunt, an African (Botswannan) boyfriend, a lesbian cousin, my sister is part Jamaican and myself/siblings/parents are of Metis-French origines. We all accept one another and haven't had that much problems unless we go to the city, only there do we find some a$$h0les, but the good outweight the few pricks we come across. Most of my friends are Jamaican or Botswannan, some are Irish or English and nobody has issues with anyone. I think this guy is tripping and needs to move with the times...