|Born in North Carolina, Robert Carlyle Byrd moved to West Virginia as a child. While the United States was recruiting young men to serve in World War II, Byrd was busy recruiting members of a new Ku Klux Klan chapter.|
Perhaps the height of Byrd's elective career was when he was unanimously elected Exalted Cyclops of his local KKK chapter. He would also serve as a Kleagle.
Later in his career, "Sheets" (as Senator Kennedy would call him) would be elected to Congress and then the Senate.
On June 10, 1964, Senator Byrd filibustered against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for 14 hours.
While he had a record of opposing rights for African Americans, he did fight hard for the rights of dogs, especially in the case of dog fighting activities.
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Robert Byrd Quotes|
“Ted, Ted, my dear friend, I love you, and I miss you.”
Robert Byrd, May 20, 2008
While Senator Byrd didn't much care about Civil Rights, he never hesitated to stand up for dogs.
“The training of these poor creatures to turn themselves into fighting machines is simply barbaric, barbaric, barbaric! Barbaric! Let that word resound from hill to hill, and from mountain to mountain, from valley to valley, across this broad land, barbaric, barbaric. May God help, those poor souls, who'd be so cruel. Barbaric! Hear me! Barbaric!”
Robert Byrd, July 19, 2007
“There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white niggers in my time.”
Robert Byrd, March 4, 2001
Years after his 'fleeting association' with the KKK, Robert Byrd was apparently still advocating for it and helping advance friends in its organizational structure.
“The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia.”
Robert Byrd, 1946
“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.”
Robert Byrd, December 11, 1945