Tuesday, June 21, 2005

You KNOW I Can't RESIST...

...a good Senator KKK Byrd story...

"THE most venerated figure in the US Senate has told for the first time how the inspiration for his illustrious half-century of public service was a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.

Robert Byrd was a butcher in tiny Crab Orchard, West Virginia, when the Klan official was so impressed by his efforts to organize a KKK chapter that he urged him to enter politics.
" (source)

Byrd has written an 800 page autobiography (on stands yesterday I believe) in which he looks to 'explain' this time in his life....But calling burning and lynching a "foolish mistake" seems to fall a bit short...and I'm not even Black.

BUT WAIT...it gets better...
"The book gives no clear idea of how long he remained in its ranks and fails to address a notorious letter that he wrote in 1945 to one of the Senate’s most outspoken segregationists. In it, Mr Byrd attacked President Truman’s efforts to integrate the military, saying that he would never fight “with a Negro by my side”. He wrote: “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.” (source)

Apparently the average IQ in W. Virginia is 93, but we really can't go by that because the average IQ in MA is 111 and they have elected Kennedy and Kerry countless times.

Past sins can be forgiven and should (though he used the 'N' word again in 2004 in an interview), but I can't get past the fact that this should disqualify him from public service and maybe he should be on trial somewhere...

No comments: