How does an 89 year old, racist, former Ku Klux Klan member continue to serve in the U.S. Senate and nobody question it? The short answer is that he is powerful… he sits third in line to the presidency behind VP Dick Cheney and House Leader Nancy Pelosi.
This is the same bigot, who in his autobiography is proud that he became the Grand Kleagle (recruiter) and Exalted Cyclops (leader) of the West Virginia Ku Klux Klan.
Byrd commented about the 1945 movement to racially integrate the American military when he was 28 years old and active in the KKK. He wrote to segregationist Sen. Theordore Bilbo, of Mississippi, vowing never to serve in such a military:
- 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.
- I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side.
In fact, why the hell aren’t people calling for this guy to go back to West Virginia… this is an outrage and direct slap in the face to African-Americans! Where is the Congressional Black Congress on this issue? Where is Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? Where is the Black Elite? Silent as they always are when the very system they bow down to slaps them and their mother in the face to let them know their place.
Does it really shock you that a United States Senator that has served in the Congress since 1958 can appear on a national TV broadcast and use the word “Nigger?” What shocks me is that there is no loud voice in opposition of this ignorance and public offense towards African-Americans… maybe I’m not shocked, just mad as hell.
Watch this clip and tell me what is going on in DC…