Despite the election of Barack Obama and the general progression of culture into a post-racial world, there's still a whole lot of racism out there. It's just that now, instead of being out in the open in the form of, say, separate drinking fountains or specific parts of the bus where one can sit, it's more seething-below-the-surface these days. It's a joke told at a poker game among friends, or a slip of the tongue after getting cut off in traffic. Make no mistake about it: racism isn't gone. It's just a better concealed. So when overtly-racist stories find their way into the news, as in reports that a Kentucky church has banned interracial couples from attending services, it's a real shock to the system.
The story is this: a woman who's been attending services for years recently came back to town with her new fiance, an African man she met at her high-fallutin' college. As you'd imagine, the church didn't take too kindly to the new development. As you wouldn't imagine in 2011, the church leaders had a sit-down meeting and voted to officially ban interracial marriages:
"[T]he Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church does not condone interracial marriage. Parties of such marriages will not be received as members, nor will they be used in worship services and other church functions, with the exception being funerals."
Well, at least those types can attend funerals! There's really not a whole lot else to say about this other than: oh boy. Oh, and go fuck yourselves, Gulnare Freewill Baptist Church.