Monday, 28 June 2010 13:11
US Got Robert Byrd Legacy Despite KKK, Anti-Black Beliefs
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Last night, long serving U.S. Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) passed away at the age of 92. Byrd was first elected 52 years ago in a much different era. Before his Senate career, Byrd was a recruiter for the KKK. Three years after he supposedly left the organization, he was still writing letters on behalf of the organization. In 1946, Byrd wrote the Imperial Wizard of the KKK, “The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia” and “in every state in the Union.”


After his election to the U.S. Senate, Byrd worked against the landmark 1964 civil rights legislation and even filibustered against the bill.  He voted against the Supreme Court nominations of Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, two African American nominees, and opposed the desegregation of the armed forces. Sadly, he was embraced by civil rights leaders and liberals because he was a Democrat. Of course, Byrd would not have received the same consideration if he was a member of the GOP.

The double standard regarding Byrd is amazing and typical of the liberal media.. While he was a candidate for office, David Duke was continually branded as a racist and given intense media coverage of his KKK past. For Byrd, the media ignored his racist affiliations and emphasized his work as a “Senate leader.” Upon his passing, he was eulogized as a “keeper of tradition” in the U.S. Senate. Yet, for Robert Byrd, it seems clear he was intent in keeping his tradition of racism. For the former KKK leader, old habits died hard. At the spry age of 83, Byrd used the “n” word multiple times in a televised interview. Of course, since he was a Democrat, Byrd did not have to undergo sensitivity training or issue an apology.

Along, with his racist baggage, Byrd was a staunch believer in pork barrel spending. The West Virginia Senator was known as the “King of Pork,” for his ability to steer wasteful projects to his home state. Throughout West Virginia, there are useless monuments and unneeded projects which bear the name of this racist Democrat.

Byrd was very proud of his wasteful spending and staunchly defended his projects. Unfortunately, most of the spending was a testament to the ego of a man who should have never been elected to the U.S. Senate. He was a man whose sordid background should have disqualified him from consideration for membership in the “most exclusive club in the world.” Sadly, Byrd was elected over and over again, never changing his basic beliefs and getting a pass from the media because of his party affiliation. Hopefully, the voters of West Virginia will go in a different direction when they replace Byrd, who did nothing throughout his career to improve the reputation of their state.


Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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