Robert Fulford has a much more realistic obituary of senator robert byrd. When dems are forever calling the GOP racists, maybe they should remember the dixiecrats that opposed civil rights legislation.
His racism was less amusing. In 1942, when he was 25, he became an “exalted cyclops” of the Ku Klux Klan and persuaded 150 neighbours to take out memberships ($3 for robe and hood). Ten years later, when the Klan was unfashionable and Byrd was running for Congress, an opponent in the Democratic primary revealed his membership.
Byrd, in campaign advertising, apologized and claimed this was a “mistake of youth.” Next, his Republican opponent in the general election produced a letter Byrd had written to the imperial wizard in 1946, three years after he claimed to have left the Klan: “The Klan is needed today as never before,” he wrote. In another letter, from 1945 (it surfaced in 2005) Byrd wrote that he refused to serve in the armed forces “with a Negro by my side”; he didn’t want to see “this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels.”