I promised to critic news stories and here it is. I live a few minutes away from Hammond, LA but work and go to college here; consequently this is where I spend most of my time. During the 2008 campaign I heard some of the nastiest things come out of the mouths of people I respected. When Hilary looked like she would win I heard the most sexist things said about her abilities to run the country. "Women are too emotional. If we got attacked she would sit there and cry." or former Pres Bush's comment, which I also heard a lot, regarding her "fat" ass.
Then Barack stepped into the light and the shit really hit the fan. A woman was almost acceptable, but a "nigger" hell no. One of my dearest friends told me that her father would kill her if she voted for a "nigger". If you think racism is dead, take a lil trip to Hammond, LA and I will show you around. Of course Barack did win. I was one of a total of 3 white people who wore a Barack the Vote tshirt on election day (lots of black ppl wore them). Congrats Barack, make us proud.
Now the interracial couple. Keith Bardwell, a justice of the peace working for the state of Louisiana, denied to sign a marriage license for Beth Humphrey and Terrance McKay. He has worked in this elected position for over 30 years and has denied interracial couples marriage licenses before. Yes racism is still strong here in the south. The couple is now suing LA for damages.
This is completely out of line. If he worked for a church honestly I would not care. Churches here are divided by race so that would not surprise me. I also believe churches have a right to marry who they want to, gay couples-varying ages couples-interracial couples, because they are a private organization. This man however works for the state. If it is not against state regulations he is bound to do his duty that he was elected to do. If he has moral issues with it then he should not have run for the position. When he was elected he took an oath to complete the tasks given to him by the majority vote, he failed. I hope the good-old-boy politics do not sweep this under the rug like what usually happens when an elected official is caught red handed, (David Vitter for example). I truely hope he is fired. OH and his excuse "I'm concerned for the children." Could he come up with a better lie please. Interracial children are beautiful. Honestly stunning. They also tend to look like lighter skinned black people, like are president. He was accepted (ok maybe not here by white ppl, but they could move somewhere else eventually).
Now that the world has heard, the license rejection heard around the world, LA is scorned again for being the racist shithole of the world. I am so ashamed to be from here. I was plotting my escape before, but now this is only encouraging me to leave faster. I am a black sheep myself, try being a liberal here.
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