Skip to comments.Censure Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV)
Posted on 12/21/2002 11:36:36 AM PST by forest
Trent Lott has resigned his position as the GOP leader in the U.S. Senate. Liberal Democrats hounded him out after his ill-considered remarks at Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party. Lott was deemed a "racist" for saying that "we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years" if then-segregationist Thurmond had been elected president in 1948.
So, Lott's out of power... and now it's time to take action against the biggest racist in the U.S. Senate, based on his history and his own words.
No, it's not Sen. Lott. In fact, it's not even a Republican.
It's Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV).
Back in the 1930s, Byrd was a cross-burning, night-riding, sheet-wearing "Grand Kleagle" in the Ku Klux Klan, the ultimate racist organization in America. He's never apologized for his role in that organization or strongly condemned the violent hate group in any way, and he referred to blacks in writing as late as the 1940s as "race mongrels." In fact, according to NewsMax.com, as recently as nine years ago, Byrd explained that he joined the group that specialized in lynching African-Americans because it "offered excitement."
Twenty years after Byrd proclaimed in a letter to the KKK's Imperial Grand Wizard that "The Klan is needed today as never before," he spent 14 hours filibustering against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He also voted against Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, the only two blacks ever nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Then, on March 4, 2001, Byrd was being interviewed by Fox News when he bluntly told Tony Snow, "There are white n*ggers. I've seen a lot of white n*ggers in my time; I'm going to use that word."
You read that right: the man who was at that time the President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate -- third in line to the presidency of the United States -- used the "N-word" on national television. TWICE.
Oh, he issued a written apology by the next day. But the episode barely got a mention in the major news media, and was never condemned by the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, Rainbow/PUSH, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or any other leading civil rights group or leader. Tom Daschle, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Kweisi Mfume -- none of them issued a single press release on this incident.
Well, now we know better. Now we know that it's absolutely inexcusable for any Senator in a leadership position to make any passing remarks that might be remotely considered racist.
And now we need to DEMAND that the liberal Democrats "put their money where their mouth is." We need to demand that the Senate CENSURE ROBERT BYRD. Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) has said that, "If a Democratic leader had made [Lott's] statements, we would have to call for his stepping aside, without any question whatsoever." But they didn't!
At the time, some argued that Byrd's use of the "N-word" last year was to be forgiven because of his advanced age (85). Of course, nobody seemed to think he was too old to have been Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, as well as Senate Majority Whip and president pro-tem. They also tried to blame the hour of the day, and even the fact that he had just finished lunch before the interview, to try and explain away his use of the word. They did not censure him or force the former Klansman to resign from any of his leadership positions.
As UPI political analyst Peter Roff has stated, "If Trent Lott is to pay a price for his remarks, then all politicians must pay a price. No amnesty, no forgiveness, just judgment. There is no room for selective redemption."
So let's TAKE ACTION!
We need THOUSANDS of conservative activists across the nation to get a *strong* message to EVERY SINGLE SENATOR... and ConservativeAlerts.com has set up a quick-and-easy way to do that, a way they'll be SURE to get the message. Now you can send "FaxGrams" to ALL 100 SENATORS -- a fax to every single one of them -- demanding that they live up to the new standards of racial political correctness, and CENSURE Sen. Robert Byrd for his remarks.
Go here to take action:
And, if you reside in West Virginia like I do, you'll have extra fun telling Byrd to GO CENSURE HIMSELF! HA, I can't wait for his reply (In the past, he has always sent me a letter response from these emails).
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