Our Keith Bardwell Problem

Sometimes, people say foolish, foolish things...

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Ta-Nehisi Coates' quote of the year comes from none other than Keith Bardwell, former Louisiana justice of the peace, who refused to marry interracial couples

"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way..."

Yeah. That's a fail.

And at the risk of sounding like we're excusing Bardwell's absurd notions--which we aren't in anyway--let's try to remember this in 2010: There are all kinds of Keith Bardwells in the world and a lot of them aren't white.