While we’re getting all teary eyed about Senator Byrd…
June 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
West Virginia’s Democratic Senator Robert Byrd was a recruiter for the Klan while in his 20s and 30s, rising to the title of Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of his local chapter. After leaving the group, Byrd spoke in favor of the Klan during his early political career. Though he claimed to have left the organization in 1943, Byrd wrote a letter in 1946 to the group’s Imperial Wizard stating “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia.” Byrd defended the Klan in his 1958 U.S. Senate campaign when he was 41 years old.
Despite being the only Senator to vote against both African American U.S. Supreme Court nominees (liberal Thurgood Marshall and conservative Clarence Thomas) and filibustering the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Byrd has since said joining the Klan was his “greatest mistake.” The NAACP, at one time, gave him a 100% rating on their issues. However, in a 2001 incident Byrd repeatedly used the phrase “white niggers” on a national television broadcast.
Yeah, sorry. I don’t give a crap if he WAS a Dixiecrat who never ran back to the Republican Party. He can burn in hell for his sins as far as I am concerned.