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January 20, 2005

Former Klan member blocks Rice Confirmation

NewsMax.com points out that Condoleeza Rice's confirmation is being held up by Senator Robert Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan. Odd that no other news agency is noting that aspect of the story.

Byrd has been noted as exhibiting behavior consistent with the Klan ideology he claims to have rejected.

Byrd is quoted in the 60's as writing, "I should rather die a thousand times and see old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds."

In the 70's he pushed to have the Senate's main office building named after Sen. Richard Russell, a leading opponent of anti-lynching legislation who the Byrd called "my mentor."

Most recently he was forced to apologize after using the "N" word in a nationally televised interview.

Once again the real story passes beneath the Main Stream Media's liberal radar.

Follow-up: Michelle Malkin also takes a peek at this.

Posted by Jack Lewis at January 20, 2005 04:29 AM

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Senator Byrd - first elected to the Senate in 1958 - is a former member of the racist Ku Klux Klan, where he held a leadership position of kleagle before quitting the group in the 1940s. He was against President Harry Truman's integration of the military. He filibustered and voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and against the confirmation of black U.S. Supreme Court justices Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas. He is currently keeping black Appeals Court nominee Janet Rogers Brown for receiving a confirmation vote.

Posted by: Adam at February 16, 2005 12:39 AM

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