Some of My Best Friends

Abby Zimet

President Obama's parents

A moment of surreal synchronicity today, as President Obama,
arguably the most powerful person in the world and the son of an
interracial couple, visited Louisiana, where Keith Bardwell, a small
town justice of the peace, refused to marry an interracial couple because "the children will later suffer" and "I just
don't believe in mixing the races that way." Yes. In 2009. But he is not, Bardwell says, a racist.

"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."

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