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Being Robert Byrd
Racial Entrepreneurs Remarkably Silent on this one

By Dave Sanford



“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 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 oblige.

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 racist. 

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.

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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 Party?

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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