NAACP Explains Robert Byrd's Transformation [View all]
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 dont mind apologizing over and over again. I cant erase what happened.<snip>