On June, 28, 2010, Hillary Clinton eulogized Senator Robert Byrd in video and release same on the US State Department’s YouTube page. During the eulogy, Clinton referred to the deceased racist as her “friend and mentor.” Considering Mr. Byrd’s place as a mentor in Clinton’s life, let’s take a look at his legacy.
Robert Carlyle “Bob” Byrd; November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010, was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a U.S. Representative from 1953 until 1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010. He was the longest-serving U.S. Senator and, at the time of his death, the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress.
In the early 1940s, Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to create a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Sophia, West Virginia.
According to Byrd, a Klan official told him, “You have a talent for leadership, Bob … The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation.” Byrd later recalled, “Suddenly lights flashed in my mind! Someone important had recognized my abilities! I was only 23 or 24 years old, and the thought of a political career had never really hit me. But strike me that night, it did.” Byrd became a recruiter and leader of his chapter. When it came time to elect the top officer (Exalted Cyclops) in the local Klan unit, Byrd won unanimously.
In December 1944, Byrd wrote to Mississippi Senator Theodore G. Bilbo:
“I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side … 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, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds”
Byrd was a member of the wing of the Democratic Party that opposed desegregation and civil rights imposed by the federal government. However, despite his early career in the KKK, Byrd was linked to such senators as John C. Stennis, J. William Fulbright and George Smathers.
Byrd joined with Democratic senators to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1964, personally filibustering the bill for 14 hours, a move he later said he regretted. Despite an 83-day filibuster in the Senate, both parties in Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Act, and President Johnson signed the bill into law. Byrd also opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 but voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
Late in his life, Byrd explicitly renounced his earlier views favoring racial segregation and the leftist media have since forgotten his past. Byrd chalked his racist past up to youthful ignorance in his book; but it should be noted that at the time that he filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1958, he was 50 years old.
In 2010, Byrd’s racist past reared its ugly head when he used the word “nigger” several times in a TV interview. Byrd said, “They’re much, much better than they’ve ever been in my life-time … I think we talk about race too much. I think those problems are largely behind us … I just think we talk so much about it that we help to create somewhat of an illusion. I think we try to have good will. My old mom told me, ‘Robert, you can’t go to heaven if you hate anybody.’ We practice that. There are white niggers. I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time, if you want to use that word. We just need to work together to make our country a better country, and I’d just as soon quit talking about it so much”.
Despite the ease by which the word rolled out of Byrd, leftist still support Byrd and his renouncing of his former KKK life.
Hillary Clinton’s connection to such a blatant racist is concerning and African American’s should weigh this connect heavily before the enter the voting booth in November.