“There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white
niggers in my time. I'm going to use that word.”
-Senator Robert C. Byrd
Looking at this quote, one may think that these words were
uttered some 40 or 50 years ago when Senator Byrd was a big shot
in the Ku Klux Klan. However, this quote was actually
taken from an interview with “the Wizard” on “Fox News
Sunday”. Amazingly (not really), this story did not even
make the local news here in Washington, D.C., and CNN.com has
just a tiny blurb about it. However, I think this raises
an even larger issue than media bias. My question is,
where is the Rev. Jesse Jackson when you really need him?
Indeed, where’s Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton, Alcee Hastings or
any of the other political hacks that just sit around waiting to
exploit something? It appears that yet another opportunity
has arisen for the “Rented Ranter” and his cronies to prove
themselves as hypocrites. They seem more than happy to
A quick review of recent history reveals a disturbingly clear
trend of race-baiting. During the presidential campaign,
George W. Bush was relentlessly ridiculed for his harmless visit
to Bob Jones University. He was blasted for refusing to
sign a useless “Hate Crimes” law in Texas. Attorney
General John Ashcroft, despite his outstanding record on civil
rights, was demonized before, during, and after his Senate
confirmation hearings, and Bush was castigated for appointing
such a flagrant “bigot”. In each instance, there was
Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, waving their fists in the air and
reminding everyone about Selma.
So where are the self-appointed “civil rights” activists on
this one? They’re probably off together somewhere, no
doubt counting Jesse Jackson’s money. Meanwhile, a
former KKK member is going to once again escape repudiation.
Why, you ask? Well, Silly, didn’t you know that
Democrats can never be racist? Misguided, maybe, but not
Still need help on this one? Imagine Trent Lott had made
the same comment to Tony Snow on Sunday. Jackson,
Sharpton, and Waters would trip over each other on the way to
the nearest television studio. “How dare he use that
word,” they would yell in unison. All over the country,
liberals would demand the resignation of Senator Lott.
Hillary Clinton would introduce a Resolution of Censure.
“We Shall Overcome” would once again echo throughout the
halls of every black church in Mississippi.
Before I get carried away, I must explain that I do not
believe Senator Byrd’s comments deserve such measures.
In fact, the message he delivered before he spewed the above
quote was actually a very valid critique of race relations in
our country. However, my point remains that the same words
uttered by Trent Lott would carry much heavier consequences.
This is simply another example of blatant hypocrisy on the part
of the self-appointed “civil rights” leaders. Remember
all that fuss over the Confederate Flag in South Carolina?
Where was the outrage over the man who put it there, Governor
(now Senator) Hollings? Why hasn’t more been made of
Senator Byrd’s past involvement with the KKK? Or what
about Al Gore, Sr.’s vote against the Civil Rights Act of
1964? Why can’t Jackson, Sharpton, and the rest of the
demagogues remove themselves from the pocket of the Democratic
It’s really quite sad what has become of what was once such an
important movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be
ashamed. In place of fighting for equal opportunity for
all Americans, clowns like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton fight
for free handouts. They have perfected the art of shaking
down major corporations, and their organizations’ 501(c)(3)
status are that in name only. Hopefully, the “civil
rights” community’s silence on this most recent development
is a sign of what is to come. Unfortunately, I’m sure
the next time a Republican does anything controversial, Jesse
and all his friends will triumphantly march back to the
battlefield, hobnailed boots clicking in harmony.
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