Sen. Robert Byrd not only was a KKK member but led his local Klan chapter

Deceased U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd will be remembered by lots of things: His love for dogs and hyperbole, his ability to funnel federal dollars into make-work jobs in his native West Virginia, his loathing of balanced budgets and the fact that he skillfully conned several generations of Appalachian woodhicks into voting for him, over and over again, for almost six decades.

In passing, Sen. Byrd will also be remembered for having joined the Ku Klux Klan as a “young man.”

A quick check of this morning’s obituaries reveal that in the eyes of the traditional media, Byrd the Progressive Porker is much more important than Bob the Exalted Cyclops.

Byrd joined the Klan at the ripe young age of 24 — hardly a young’un by today’s standards, much less those of 1944, when Byrd refused to join the military because he might have to serve alongside “race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds,” according to a letter Byrd wrote to Sen. Theodore Bilbo at the height of World War II.

Today’s obituaries, however, made little mention of Byrd’s once-deeply held hatred for African Americans.

For your reading pleasure, a collection of obituary snow jobs:

From the 11th paragraph of the LA Times’ Byrd obituary: “Byrd was not always a champion of liberal causes. He had come of age as a member of the Ku Klux Klan and cast a “no” vote on the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibited discrimination against African Americans and others. He later renounced his actions in both cases and called his membership in the KKK ‘the worst mistake of my life.'”

ABC News noted that “despite his successful political track record, the Senate’s senior Democrat was no stranger to controversy and was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan,” as if calling for the extermination of dark-skinned peoples (as well as Jews, Catholics, and gays) was no more stirring a gaffe than Gary Hart’s monkey business.

MSNBC.com reported that “Byrd’s success on the national stage came despite a complicated history on racial matters. As a young man, we was a member of the Ku Klux Klan for a brief period, and he joined Southern Democrats in an unsuccessful filibuster against the landmark 1964 Civil Rights.” (The Ku Klux Klan no doubt objects to being called complicated, and has held since Day 1 one that there is nothing wishy-washy about castrations, lynchings or burning folks alive.)

CNN also gave Byrd a pass on his association with the early 20th-century homegrown terrorist movement, writing in the 20th paragraph of Byrd’s obituary that “He blamed ‘that Southern atmosphere in which I grew up, with all of its prejudices and its feelings,’ for his opposition to equal rights, which included joining the [domestic terrorist outfit] Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s.”

Of all the outlets that eulogized Byrd, only the Hill bothered to mention that a “young” Byrd not only joined the KKK, but also led his local chapter.

No single obituary of Byrd mentioned his 2001 use of the term “white nigger,” an early 20th-century anachronism that Byrd employed not once, but twice during an interview with Tony Snow.

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  • sunnyr

    The Liberal Lame Stream Media AND the DemocRAT Party has done a real “whitewash” job on old “Sheet’s” Byrd. They were not so kind when Strom Thurmond died a few years ago. Media Bias and Double Standards are still alive and well in Corruptville, USA. Sure glad they have made themselves irrelevant and no one reads their crap any longer!

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  • mickrussom

    Democrats fought against anti-lynching laws.
    Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, is well known for having been a “Kleagle” in the Ku Klux Klan.
    Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, personally filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for 14 straight hours to keep it from passage.
    Democrats passed the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil right laws enacted by Republicans.
    Democrats declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican, because the Republican Party was known as the party for blacks.
    Democrat President Woodrow Wilson, reintroduced segregation throughout the federal government immediately upon taking office in 1913.
    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first appointment to the Supreme Court was a life member of the Ku Klux Klan, Sen. Hugo Black, Democrat of Alabama.
    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s choice for vice president in 1944 was Harry Truman, who had joined the Ku Klux Klan in Kansas City in 1922.
    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt resisted Republican efforts to pass a federal law against lynching.
    Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt opposed integration of the armed forces.
    Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd were the chief opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
    Democrats supported and backed Judge John Ferguson in the case of Plessy v Ferguson.
    Democrats supported the School Board of Topeka Kansas in the case of Brown v The Board of Education of Topeka Kansas.
    Democrat public safety commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor, in Birmingham, Ala., unleashed vicious dogs and turned fire hoses on black civil rights demonstrators.
    Democrats were who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other protesters were fighting.
    Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox “brandished an ax hammer to prevent blacks from patronizing his restaurant.
    Democrat Governor George Wallace stood in front of the Alabama schoolhouse in 1963, declaring there would be segregation forever.
    Democrat Arkansas Governor Faubus tried to prevent desegregation of Little Rock public schools.
    Democrat Senator John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act.
    Democrat President John F. Kennedy opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King.
    Democrat President John F. Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI.
    Democrat President Bill Clinton’s mentor was U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, an Arkansas Democrat and a supporter of racial segregation.
    Democrat President Bill Clinton interned for J. William Fulbright in 1966-67.
    Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright signed the Southern Manifesto opposing the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision.
    Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright joined with the Dixiecrats in filibustering the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1964.
    Democrat Senator J. William Fulbright voted against the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
    Southern Democrats opposed desegregation and integration.
    Democrat Senator 1964 – Senator Al Gore Sr. votes against Civil Rights Act.

    Explicit Democrat support given to the causes of the Jim Crow laws… The era of Jim Crow laws was governed by southern Democrats like Alabama governor George Wallace and Mississippi senator Jim Eastland.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Vincent-Austin/1124826319 Michael Vincent Austin


    If ever there was a classic case of media malpractice, the coverage of the death Senator Byrd is it. Since the advent of television, AKA “The vast wasteland” the democrat political machine has essentially owned the airwaves lock stock and barrel. Their use of the FCC as a weapon against conservative counterpoint is well known. In the early days of television (the first 40 years) the pre-cable broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC & PBS were the only game in town and all were heavily (and still are) left leaning. (See coverage of king of pork and alleged “former” racist & KKK Grand Wizard Robert Byrd.)

    The American people are smart enough to sift through what the blatant neo-Marxist “statist” agitprop “reporters” regurgitated but generally did not have the time or access to challenge and take an investigative look at was NOT being broadcast. Therein lies the biggest and most dangerous crime of so called, leftist or “progressive” journalism; the deliberate censorship and lack of balanced access to the peoples’ airwaves for conservative or even centrist democratic dialogue.

    Thank god for the advent of cable and the internet. The state run democrat/liberal/media complex worked very well while they had control over masses of passive eyes sitting eating T.V. dinners, (remember them? Probably invented by the left to leave the viewer undernourished and more prone to mind control) and listening to the unmistakably biased drone from the likes of Bob Schieffer, Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather lulling the working class viewers into “trained lapdogs” who could be remotely controlled to erase whatever previous and superior understanding of history and current events they had learned via book reading and in classrooms into the passive, mind conditioned democrat voting proles. In other words leading the masses to distrust their own eyes and believe the “official” version of news and history the “idiot box” was churning out.

    The reportage of the passing of Sen. Byrd is more proof that no matter what the story is, if there is a “D” for democrat involved, war becomes desirable, corruption becomes admirable, the war on the Bill of RIghts becomes patriotic. and dissent becomes terrorism. I could laugh this stuff off if it were not so dangerous and true.

    The only bright spot is the information age has at least offered a way around the blob known as “the media”, where anyone with a cellphone camera can be the next Edward R. Murrow and really let the people know the way it was.

    The enduring problem is that the democrats are still in control and know that their stronghold over the media is in danger and they are trying every way possible to control “new media” including the desire to monitor every email you and I send and using the full force and power of the government and law enforcement to grant themselves the power to shut down, censor and prohibit access to the tenuously free internet blogs and independent electronic press.

    How many times can a free man turn his head and pretend that he does not see the obvious bias? The answer my friend and our liberty is dangling in the wind.

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  • jiminga

    When Trent Lott praised Strom’s career he was run out of town. But Trent is a Republican. When the libs praise Byrd all is OK. You see, liberals can change and be forgiven, but conservatives can never change…they are portrayed as evil from birth to death. Robert Byrd should be the poster child for what is so wrong with US politics.

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