NEW ORLEANS – A 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. (Find the article here.)
Interestingly enough, at that very moment, I had a 10x13 photograph staring at me. My family and I had ventured to Picture People earlier in the week to take the dreaded family picture. (Yes, it's a dreaded event when there is a 3- and 1-year-old who would rather throw legos at the camera lady than smile for her.)
It really was a joke; just me being cynical. But, people were telling me I should really do it. And so I decided I would. It's been a week and more than 100 people have joined the Mixed and Happy facebook group, but I am praying that people from all over the world send me pictures of their mixed and happy families.
I think Bardwell deserves a very colorful treat this Christmas. I'm shooting for 100 pictures; 100 families. If you know a mixed and happy family, please send them the link. Pictures can be emailed to mixedandhappy (at) gmail (dot)com. All pictures will be posted here so people can see how the card is coming together. Also, feel free to join the Mixed and Happy group on Facebook.
And if Oprah's reading, let's do a show about families who are mixed and happy! (And by mixed, I mean any and all mixtures. The whole point is that we need to be over the racism thing already. It's pigmentation of skin. I mean, really. It's time.)