“Race relations are better today than at anytime in my lifetime.” “We talk too much about race.” Guess who said this in 2001?
Guessed who yet?
Why, it’s the self-styled “conscience of the Senate,” the senator in perpetuity from West Virginia, the darling of liberal Democrats, a former leader in the Ku Klux Klan, the man who once blamed racial problems on “white niggers”..Robert “Sheets” Byrd:
It’d be fascinating to hear Byrd tell Obama that we “talk too much about race.”
And about the same time that Byrd was introducing America to “white niggers,” on the other side of the country, one Rachel Dolezal was beginning her own journey of “self-identification.”
Far from being senile, ole “Sheets” may actually have been prescient.
And now, as we commence our long cultural jihad against all things southern; from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, to statues of Robert E. Lee, to “Gone With The Wind,” to “The Dukes of Hazard,” it is worth noting that aside from the hundreds of buildings, roads, bridges, etc in WV that bear Byrd’s name; in the Rotunda of the Capitol, there is today a statue of ole “Sheets”…absent of course, the sheet:
Here’s Byrd, in his own write… in a 1946 letter to Sen Theodore Bilbo (D-MS):
“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.”
So, let’s see if I have this right?
Robert E Lee: Bad
Margaret Mitchell: Bad
Robert “Sheets” Byrd…YAAAY!!!!!!
I don’t think so……
So, while the good people of WV start the process of “de-Byrding” (similar to removing pigeon poop from statues) much of their infrastructure, it’s time to also ask when the United States Navy will rename CVN-74, the “John C. Stennis.”
Stennis’ record on race is terrible.
But more to the point, how can a navy that just named its newest warship the “USS Gabrielle Giffords” countenance having the “Stennis” on its list?
How does the “USS Marilyn Mosby” sound?