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Sun Aug 28, 2016, 09:09 AM

 

NAACP Explains Robert Byrd's Transformation

A sickening response from many bigots is that "Hillary is a bigot, too". Donald Trump and many other racists like him, point to Hillary Clinton's embrace of Robert Byrd, who once was an organizer for the KKK. I like to point out that Byrd renounced that allegiance 40 years before his death and voted in the Senate as a progressive on race issues. he apologized "a thousand times, and will continue to apologize" for his involvement in that organization. He rejected, apologized and spent a life time atoning. That position is what Hillary and the Democratic Party embraced, certainly not his misspent youth in that hateful group. I like to use Pope Benedict as an example. Benedict was a Nazi soldier in 1945. that certainly didn't define him. When people change and spend their lives contrary to the cause that one got involved 80 years before their death, in Byrd's case, we take them at their word and judge them by their actions.

Here's what the NAACP says on the subject:


<snip>“Senator Byrd reflects the transformative power of this nation,” NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous was quoted at the time of his death in June 2010. “Senator Byrd went from being an active member of the KKK to being a stalwart supporter of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and many other pieces of seminal legislation that advanced the civil rights and liberties of our country.”

Senator Robert Byrd, by all accounts, had shifted away from the group after becoming “disinterested” in 1952 and had completely rejected the Ku Klux Klan by the time of his death, on several occasions, as reported by Snopes.

“I know now I was wrong. Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times… and I don’t mind apologizing over and over again. I can’t erase what happened.”<snip>

Link:
http://www.inquisitr.com/3458749/naacp-robert-byrd-clinton-kkk-mentor-reflects-the-transformative-power-of-this-nation/

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Reply NAACP Explains Robert Byrd's Transformation (Original post)
louis c Aug 2016 OP
safeinOhio Aug 2016 #1
graegoyle Aug 2016 #3
forgotmylogin Aug 2016 #17
nolabear Aug 2016 #22
Archae Aug 2016 #2
90-percent Aug 2016 #4
babylonsister Aug 2016 #5
lillypaddle Aug 2016 #6
babylonsister Aug 2016 #8
mopinko Aug 2016 #11
Martin Eden Aug 2016 #18
Hekate Aug 2016 #19
Bernardo de La Paz Aug 2016 #7
napkinz Aug 2016 #9
SHRED Aug 2016 #10
gratuitous Aug 2016 #12
loyalsister Aug 2016 #24
George II Aug 2016 #13
Nye Bevan Aug 2016 #14
Unit 001 Aug 2016 #15
Nye Bevan Aug 2016 #16
Hekate Aug 2016 #20
louis c Aug 2016 #21
dsc Aug 2016 #23

Response to louis c (Original post)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 09:12 AM

1. Isn't Redemption a big part

of their religion?

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 09:30 AM

3. Playing it up for the rubes is important...kind of.

Actual redemption? Not that important for "Republicans".

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 11:40 AM

17. Rightwingers and many republicans fear the idea that people can change.

It interferes with their easy assumptions that everything is either black or white, one is "with us or against us", and "things have always been this way and always will be".

It's why "flip-flop" was made a pejorative—the progressive concept that a person can hold one opinion and then another after learning more about an evolving situation makes them crazy because it undermines the religious concept of "unshakeable belief". (Which it actually does not; learning from mistakes is one of the tenets most religious parables teach. They often eagerly conflate "faith" with "personal opinion" because they like to have faith. Lots of it.)

Also, thinking is hard and revisiting a situation objectively takes time. They'd rather go with what they know, which was learned from their parents, which has always been "the way it was, the way it is". Shades of gray are too complicated to explain to their children.

They'd much rather shoot first and believe there was no good that could have been done because that lets them sleep at night.

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Response to forgotmylogin (Reply #17)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 12:48 PM

22. EXCELLENT reply.

This is one of the most important and least acknowledged things about politics and philosophy.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 09:27 AM

2. Byrd should be slammed for what was real. Not this imaginary "support for the Klan."

By real I mean his habit of grabbing so much highway pork for West Virginia, at one point WV was getting half the highway funding, the rest of the country got the other half.

Byrd's father didn't help matters either, with his tantrum over desegregating schools.

And there was the time several years before he died, when he used the term for "white n*****."

I can't even remember now what it actually was.

Byrd did renounce the Klan.

Trump supporter David Duke still embraces it.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 09:57 AM

4. Byrd is ok in my book.

He renounced his kkk involvement before i was born, and I'm 62. He stood almost alone on the Senate floor renouncing and questioning the impending 2003 GWB Iraq invasion. That took tremendous honor and character during that rush to war the entire ESTABLISHMENT was pushing for. He took a courageous stand against "the big lie" campaign of our entire MSM.

-90% jimmy

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 10:15 AM

5. I loved Senator Byrd; he

surely redeemed himself in my book.



The Iraq Invasion Archive-Robert Byrd-I weep for my country

....



Senator Byrd Moved to Tears Over Kennedy

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 10:28 AM

6. Man, who's chopping onions?

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 10:30 AM

8. I know, me, too. nt

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 10:55 AM

11. thanks for this.

yes, he really was there to tell the truth.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 11:47 AM

18. "I weep for my country"

Robert Byrd became an American hero when he delivered that speech on the Senate floor. I remember at the time I too wept for my country and for my Democratic Party, which had far too few heroes standing up against this war of choice before it started.

Thank you for posting Senator Byrd's speeches.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 12:18 PM

19. Amen, Babsis. He achieved greatness.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 10:28 AM

7. I don't think tRump has ever apologized ... for anything. . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #7)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 10:33 AM

9. Trump has never apologized for stirring up fear and racial animus in 1989 ...








He's never apologized TO the Central Park Five. He has no regrets. He called them thugs just a couple of years ago.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 10:35 AM

10. The GOP is tRump and they are filth

 

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 11:08 AM

12. Isn't it strange?

The late Robert Byrd has to continue to renounce his ties to the Klan 60 years ago, and Democrats continually have to account for that. But Republicans get a pass on Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond, Louie Gohmert, Blake Farenthold, David Duke, and a host of others too numerous to count for actions and antics far more recent than 1952.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #12)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 01:07 PM

24. Get a pass from who?

Certainly not me and Democrats I know. If the GOP has standards that low, that's their own problem.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 11:10 AM

13. Although it's almost impossible to do, Byrd all but made up for his racism early in his life...

....through the decades of actions that followed his "transformation". He became a bastion for civil rights and equality in his last 30+ years.

Those claiming that Clinton is a "bigot" because of her association with Robert Byrd should only look at his actions in the Senate.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 11:11 AM

14. "Misspent youth"? He was 24 when he joined the Klan and recruited 150 people into it.

And he was 27 when he wrote these words:

I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side ... 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.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 11:26 AM

15. Is 27 too old to turn one's life around?

 

In my opinion, it is not. Perhaps you disagree.

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Response to Unit 001 (Reply #15)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 11:31 AM

16. No. But I wouldn't describe a 27-year old as being a "youth". (nt)

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #16)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 12:22 PM

20. Byrd redeemed himself, long before he was middle aged. He was still young.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 12:45 PM

21. I'm 63 Years old. 24 and 27 is youth

 

Byrd spent many more years atoning for his admitted bigotry than he spent actually being a bigot.

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Response to louis c (Original post)

Sun Aug 28, 2016, 12:50 PM

23. He did redeem himself on race

but was horrid on gay rights until pretty much the end.

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