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The ONLY KKK Klansman Elected to Senate: Democrat Robert "Sheets" Byrd.

Senator Robert Byrd, D-WV: Byrd is a former member of the Ku
Klux Klan and is currently the only national elected official with a history
in the Klan, a well known hate group. Byrd was extremely active in the
Klan and rose to the rank of “Kleagle,” an official Klan membership recruiter.
Byrd once stated that he joined the Klan because it was effective in "promoting
traditional American values" (Source).
Byrd's choice of words speak volumes about his bigotry considering the
fact that the Klan is a notorious hate group, and the racist "values" it
promotes are anything but American. One of the earliest criticisms of Byrd's
Klan ties came in 1952 when he was running for Congress. Byrd responded
by claiming that he had left the Klan in 1943 while noting that "(d)uring
the nine years that have followed, I have never been interested in the
Klan." Byrd was lying, however, as he engaged in correspondence with a
Klan Imperial Wizard long after he claims to have ended his ties with the
hate group.
In a letter to the Klan leadership (Source)
dated 3 years after he purported to have ended his ties with them, Byrd
wrote "I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County and
the adjoining counties of the state. The Klan is needed today as never
before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia." Byrd
continued his racist diatribe "It is necessary that the order be promoted
immediately and in every state of the Union" and followed with a request
for assistance from the hate group's leadership in "rebuilding the Klan
in the realm" of West Virginia.
Byrd's racism extends far beyond his Klan membership. In a letter he
wrote on the subject of desegregating the armed forces, Byrd escalated
his racist rhetoric to an appalling level. In the letter, Byrd vowed that
he would never fight in an integrated armed services noting "(r)ather 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" (Source).
Byrd's racist opinions have shown their ugly face in his behavior in
the Senate. Byrd led the filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
and, according to the United States Senate's own website, filibustered
the legislation to the bitter end appearing as one of the last opponents
to the act before a coalition of civil rights proponents led by Republican
Minority Leader Everett Dirksen invoked cloture so that the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 could pass. At the time, Byrd was in the the midst of a 14
hour and 13 minute filibuster diatribe against the key civil rights measure
(Source).
Throughout the 1960's, Byrd was was one of the staunchest opponents to
civil rights in the U.S. Senate. Byrd’s racist history drew attention recently
when he went on national television and repeatedly used the n-word, one
of the most vicious racial slurs in existence, in an appearance on national
television. Byrd uttered the slur on Fox News Sunday with Tony Snow on
March 5, 2001. Despite the appalling nature of the remark, it went largely
ignored by the mainstream media and the self appointed "civil rights" leadership.
Whereas a similar remark by anyone other than a leading Democrat Senator
would assuredly prompt the likes of Jesse Jackson to assemble protest rallies
demanding resignations, the Jackson crowd was eerily quiet following Byrd's
remarks, issuing only low key suggestions that Byrd should avoid making
such bigoted remarks.
In a sickening recognition of Byrd's appalling political career, the
national Democrat party has done nothing but embrace the West Virginia
senator with leadership roles and practically every honor imaginable. To
this very day the Democrats call former Klansman turned U.S. Senator Robert
Byrd the "conscience of the Senate." They have embraced him as their party's
central pillar in all ways possible. Byrd has been reelected more times
than any other Democrat senator, has served as a Democrat in Congress,
a Democrat State Senator in West Virginia, and a Democrat State Delegate
in West Virginia. Democrats have made repeatedly elected Byrd into their
national party leadership and into the U.S. Senate leadership. He became
secretary of the Senate Democrat Caucus in 1967, and Senate Democrat Whip
in 1971. The Democrats elected former Klansman Byrd as their Senate Majority
Leader from 1977-1980 and as their Senate Minority Leader from 1981-1986.
Byrd was again elected Democrat Majority Leader from 1987-1988. Democrats
made Byrd the chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee and President
Pro Tempore of the Senate from 1989 until the Republicans won control of
the Senate in November 1994. Following the defection of Jim Jeffords in
June 2001, the Democrats again made Byrd the chairman of the Appropriations
Committee and elected him to the highest ranking office in the Senate:
the President Pro Tempore, a position which also put this former Klansman
4th in line for the presidency. Byrd lost his position when Republicans
retook the Senate in late 2002, but continued to serve right up until the miserable old racist cunt died in 2010.


Added: Apr-18-2012 Occurred On: Apr-18-2012
By: VikingRapeSquad
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  • The only publicly known member. I'm sure there have been many members, tho silent.

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    • @joe prole in recent history. There was the dude from indiana that got in big trouble for philandering. He was in the clan. The clan isn't anything unique to the south. Its probably bigger in the midwest.

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    • @absu69 Indiana was the Capital of the Klan at it's peak. I can't remember the exact statistics but at one point all but a small fraction of the Indiana state legislature were Klan members.

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  • The KKK is not a hate group, they are like the NAACP for white folks is all

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  • did you guys forget strom thurmond?

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  • Not only did Democrats elect this guy, they kept on re-electing him until his death. He became the longest serving senator EVER! How on earth can you leftists justify that? That should tell you who the party of racists really are!

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    • @mikedelta12 Ask West Virginia.

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    • @picklethepug
      Democrats nonetheless! Also his peers in the party elected him as the second ranking member next to the MAJ/MIN leader, and handed him his committee chairmanships! Good going Dems!

      I don't know how this is even defensible. Not only to elect this racist asshole but to do it over and over again and act like he's just another good ol' boy is unfathomable to most decent people!

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    • @mikedelta12 What's really interesting now is that the racist generations of West Virginians that kept him in office all those years are now voting Republican. What changed? Maybe has something to do with the black Democratic nominee in 2008?

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    • @picklethepug
      Typical democrat, anyone who dosn't vote for Obama is a racist. You dems are not only racists but you always pull the race card, which shows that you're all a bunch of hypocrites also!

      The fact remains and is indisputable that democrats elected this racist for half a century as their guy, and his democratic peers put him in positions of power in the senate! You must be very proud to be the party of racism and race politics!!

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    • @mikedelta12 Who the fuck said anyone who doesn't vote for Obama is a racist? Typical Republican-- sitting here trying to argue with me about the color of the sky while making shit up and calling it fact.

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  • uhmm, let's throw in Strom Thurmond who fathered a black child and who Byrd preceeded

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  • Racist Bastard!

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  • Democrats sticking up for minorities...or stringing up minorities!

    Eh...well...he's dead now anyway.

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  • when Rep. Bobby Rush was making a statement about the Trayvon Martin killing by putting on a hoodie and subsequently getting kicked out for violating a ban on hoods in session, i thought it was kind of crazy (on both parts). in retrospect and even after reading this, its starting to sink in; maybe it is appropriate enforce a dress code that bans hoods from session!

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  • If your democrat it does not matter. They have no standards to live by.

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  • As long as he was making bank on the worthless welfare recipient vote he could care less.

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  • honestly guys... when we see a video here on LL of some African American killing someone over a wallet or raping a woman we would probably justify this racist cunt being in congress xD

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    • @KMA-LL

      great question. It was the democraps that held back equality, it was the dems with jim crow laws but it was 5 white republican men that started the NAACP. One day the recipients will finally get it.

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    • @bigair go read up on Nixon's "Southern Strategy"

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    • @bigair Yes, the Democratic Party was dominated by a bunch of racist fuckers up until the 1960s and a few from backwoods states like West Virginia held on until the 80s. But it's not 1960 any more and the KKK did not campaign for Obama.

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    • @picklethepug

      The dems are the same people, still enslaving the blacks and poor by continuing to keep them in a recipients state of mind.

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    • @bigair really now? On one hand, you claim Democrats just want to tax you and take all your money, on the other you claim they just want to keep you in a "recipient state of mind." Kinda seems like a contradiction.... So which one is it?

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  • They were called Dixiecrats. While I'm impressed VikingRapeSquad actually posted something with a shred of truth for once, this article is actually missing a few things that really complete the story of Robert Byrd. Go here to read all the stuff this article left out: http://www.thenation.com/blog/36753/robert-byrds-american-journey
    It really is quite fascinating.

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    • @picklethepug 2 dixiecrats became republicans too..jessie helms and strom thurmond.

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    • @absu69 along with KKK grand wizard David Duke and many others. It all started when the kennedy and johnson administrations changed the party line. This is just a part of the rest of the story that the dumbshits here who think the klan voted for Obama don't want to hear.

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    • @picklethepug Did you know JFK voted against the 1957 Civil Rights law that was pushed by Eisenhower and that he opposed the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King and that he requested to have Dr. Kings phones tapped because he thought him to be a communist?

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    • @mdscorpio71 yep. He was walking a very fine political line due to the divisiveness of the issue, much akin to the gay marriage debate going on now. After he was killed, the 64 voting rights act was pushed through by Johnson as a tribute to Kennedy's legacy ( Johnson's own stated strategy) anyone can Google search the voting rights act and read all about it. It really is an amazing example of the complete transformation of a political party's philosophy.

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    • @picklethepug Political party's don't have a philosophy, only individuals do and Not all of the individuals who make up a party share the same philosophy.

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  • They have a long and shameful history of bigotry and racism which continues still today.

    http://gopcapitalist.tripod.com/democratrecord.html

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  • Holy shit, you guys have a member of the kkk in the senate??!We got rid of an MP for being in a fancy dress party were someone was dressed like a nazi, come on, get your shit together...

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  • This guy = trash.

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