Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Robert Byrd: Dead, Racist

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.
— Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944.

"America has lost a voice of principle and reason."
-President Barack Obama

It's nice to live in a country where we don't begrudge or think ill of persons simply because they were members of the Ku Klux Klan.


Mike Lewis said...

don't forget, he was Keeper of the Keys to the underworld.

While there will not be a special election to replace him, the Council of Old Guys that look like Emperor Palpatine (COGEP) will soon be getting together to determine who new KK

Roscoe said...

.. I can't tell if J's being sincere or tongue in cheek...

and if the latter, if it's a comment on his having been a member, or on how immediately Byrd is brought up by dogwhistling conservatives whenever civil rights are discussed...

Andrew said...

As of late he has tended to vote for civil rights issues.
Including being for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Reformed Bigot?

_J_ said...

".. I can't tell if J's being sincere or tongue in cheek..."

Mission Accomplished.