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Fri., Oct. 16, 2009, 4:56 a.m.

When is it racism?

Good morning, Netizens...

By MARY FOSTER, Associated Press Writer Mary Foster, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS – A white 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.

"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."

Oh? Just when does denying a marriage license to an interracial couple become racism, anyway? Bardwell states that neither the Black nor White worlds accept the offspring of interracial marriages, which is why he refuses to marry them.

The ACLU has already been summoned, and potential legal action is under consideration.

Racism has many faces, as we have seen throughout history. Is this one of them?


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