In another lame attempt by a Democrat to rewrite history to whitewash a sordid past, Robert Byrd is selling a book telling people about his joyous days as a recruiter and local leader of a group whose favorite pasttime was cross-burning and lynching.
Looks like an interesting book…
In [his book], Byrd says he viewed the Klan as a useful platform from which to launch his political career.
Most politicians begin with the mundane, “I want to help people.” Byrd took the progressive approach of, “I want to hang people.” Nice touch.
He described it essentially as a fraternal group of elites — doctors, lawyers, clergy, judges and other “upstanding people” who at no time engaged in or preached violence against blacks, Jews or Catholics, who historically were targets of the Klan.
By the time Byrd began organizing for the Klan during World War II, the organization had largely morphed into a money-making fraternal organization that was virulently anti-black, anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic.
Just an oversight, I’m sure.
Confronting the issue, Byrd went on the radio to acknowledge that he belonged to the Klan from “mid-1942 to early 1943“… He said that after about a year, he quit and dropped his membership, and never was interested in the Klan again.
See, all you haters. He was just lost in youthful indiscretion of a year or two, then changed his ways forever….
Byrd said in the Dec. 11, 1945, letter — which would not become public for 42 more years with the publication of a book on blacks in the military during World War II by author Graham Smith — that he would never fight in the armed forces “with a Negro by my side.“ Byrd added that, “Rather I should die a thousand times, and see old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels.”
[Byrd’s handwritten] letter was dated 1946 — long after the time Byrd claimed he had lost interest in the Klan. “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia,” Byrd wrote, according to newspaper accounts of that period.
Byrd makes no mention of the letter in his new book, I wonder why.
During his  Senate campaign, he told a newspaper reporter that he personally felt the Klan had been incorrectly blamed for many acts committed by others.
It’s such a shame when “good guys” get blamed for the acts of bad people.
Poor Robert Byrd is really a friend to blacks in America, despite his youthful indiscretions with an organization known to lynch them. Really, he’s a friend to blacks in America since he renounced his membership a few years before writing letters calling blacks “race mongrels” and “throwbacks to the wild”. If we close-minded folks just see past that “brief” time in Byrd’s past and look to all the wonderful things he’s done in the Senate, we’d see he truly is a beacon of light for minorities in America. Things like…
Byrd … joined with other southern Democrats to oppose the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Byrd filibustered the [Civil Rights Act of 1964] for more than 14 hours…
He criticized most anti-poverty programs except for food stamps.
in 1967, he voted against the nomination of Thurgood Marshall, the first black appointed to the Supreme Court.
“To imagine someone who was a member of the Klan in his youth who managed to become the majority leader of the Senate, it’s really quite striking,” said congressional scholar Thomas E. Mann of the Brookings Institution….
Well, that is unless you remember which party he belongs to.
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Michelle says, “Just read it”… undoubtedly with a smirk.