Senator Robert Byrd was a Kleagle, a Klan recruiter, in his 20s and 30s.
West Virginia's Democratic Senator Robert Byrd was a recruiter for the Klan while in his 20s and 30s, rising to the title of Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of his local chapter. After leaving the group, Byrd spoke in favor of the Klan during his early political career. Though he claimed to have left the organization in 1943, Byrd wrote a letter in 1946 to the group's Imperial Wizard stating "The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia." Byrd defended the Klan in his 1958 U.S. Senate campaign when he was 41 years old.
He was the only Senator to vote against both African American U.S. Supreme Court nominees (liberal Thurgood Marshall and conservative Clarence Thomas) and filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In 2001, Byrd repeatedly used the phrase "white niggers" on a national television.
Answer by LoriKeet at 2:12 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Apperently SOME politicians (Dems) are allowed to apologize for doing or saying something idiotic, where as OTHERS (repubs and anyone with a conservative lean) should be flogged and ridiculed for the entirety of their lives. It really just depends :)
Answer by momof030404 at 1:28 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by jewjewbee at 1:58 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by lovinangels at 2:08 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by beachmamaof2 at 1:49 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
As a young man, he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan for a brief period, and he joined Southern Democrats in an unsuccessful filibuster against the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act.
What?!?!?!? You don't mean that Democrats tried to filibuster against the Civil Rights Act, do you?
Okay, moving on from my sarcasm, I have no idea why anyone would hold respect for a man that had such hate in him as to not want everyone to have the same rights, regardless of the color of their skin. And people call Republicans haters. He is a good example of how there is hate everywhere, but it's better to know who they are. I don't know where one separates ideals to be able to determine they feel one is respectable. I am sure he has done some sort of good, but does it outweigh the bad?
Answer by QuinnMae at 1:53 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 2:17 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 3:49 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:27 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
He was respected by some.
I was just talking to a co-worker about this! lol....Sorry, but being a klansman isn't a whoopsie my bad...It's a fundamental belief system.....If you had a profound experience that changed that...maybe.....just times changing?? not so much.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:30 PM on Jun. 28, 2010
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