Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cultural Differences: Interracial Marriage Denied in La.

This justice of the peace in Louisiana who would not marry an interracial couple is getting a lot of heat. And here, I'd posted the story on the Facebook fan page, because I thought it was funny.
"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."
C'mon, Jon Stewart's whole staff couldn't make that line up! Alas, I know we're not "post-racial," because no one else laughed. I get it: this justice reminds us of that time when miscegenation was illegal, and back then, this wouldn't have been funny. I'm sure the couple was stunned, as I would have been, at the moment the justice's (not judge) wife told them her husband doesn't marry interracial couples. But then they just went to a different dude in the same area, and they're married now.

I think we should lay off an old man who grew up when people thought colored people carried disease (and so people were afraid to let us use their restrooms). Let him and his views retire quietly like so many embers in an abandoned fire. It's the next generation we should put all this indignant energy toward teaching, not the last one. Hope you can laugh about this:

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  1. Nice commentary. I wanted to say something profound, but it ain't coming to me...I guess just lettin' you know I stopped by!

  2. You should read through your blogroll drunker. :) Thanks for stopping by, Joe!

  3. i agree with you. i live in tennessee, and there was a lot of preachers that would not marry me and my husband who is african american and i am irish(caucasion). needless to say, we had a courthouse wedding. my family disowned me for awhile, but then accepted it.Now i have older people looking at my kids and i in the grocery store.but it is good.



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