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TDmvp
06-28-2010, 03:09 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/28/robert-byrd-longest-serving-senator-dies/

broncobum6162
06-28-2010, 05:04 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/28/robert-byrd-longest-serving-senator-dies/

Thunder!

Crushaholic
06-28-2010, 07:55 AM
I hated his politics, but he was a fighter to the end...RIP, Senator Byrd

BroncoLifer
06-28-2010, 08:03 AM
This leaves the KKK without any former members in the Senate. As far as we know.

crowebomber
06-28-2010, 08:12 AM
This leaves the KKK without any former members in the Senate. As far as we know.

This.

Dr. Broncenstein
06-28-2010, 08:32 AM
He leaves a big hood to fill.

Smiling Assassin27
06-28-2010, 08:32 AM
This.

This x 2.

DenverBrit
06-28-2010, 09:51 AM
One of the few with the balls to vote against the Iraq war.

But his KKK membership will always be a part of his legacy.

Pontius Pirate
06-28-2010, 09:53 AM
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Garcia Bronco
06-28-2010, 10:11 AM
Got nothing nice to say about this guy.

TonyR
06-28-2010, 11:55 AM
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footstepsfrom#27
06-28-2010, 01:30 PM
keepin' strom thurmond company now i guess...

broncocalijohn
06-28-2010, 01:51 PM
"Old people die. That's what they do." Old School

peacepipe
06-28-2010, 03:11 PM
A testament to the fact that people can change. from being a klansman to supporting our 1st african american president.

Pontius Pirate
06-28-2010, 03:21 PM
But will it blend?

BroncoLifer
06-28-2010, 03:30 PM
A testament to the fact that people can change. from being a klansman to supporting our 1st african american president.

Maybe. But regardless of whether I do or don't agree with the other aspects of a candidate's policy beliefs and values, there is no way on Earth that I could possibly support for public office someone who as an adult belonged to certain groups -- Nazi Party, Aryan Nation, NAMBLA....and KKK to name a few.

KKK membership (in Byrd's case, for a period of years) is evidence of profound defects of character and judgement. There's a point beyond which "I made a youthful mistake" or similar excuses just don't cut it. Shame on West Virginia and on the Democrats. (And yes, shame on the Republicans for Strom Thurmond.)

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 04:01 PM
You don't join a group like the KKK and then wake up one day with a revelation that it was all wrong. Maybe he joined through peer pressure at the time or maybe he represses those opinions now (well, did) but unless he was completely incapable of thinking for himself, it's impossible to justify both opposing positions like that, in my opinion.

WolfpackGuy
06-28-2010, 04:10 PM
Another poster child for term limits and undisputed king of the pork barrel.

lostknight
06-28-2010, 06:24 PM
The worst kind of politician, but a human being none the less.
Rest in Peace.

Kid A
06-28-2010, 07:20 PM
You don't join a group like the KKK and then wake up one day with a revelation that it was all wrong. Maybe he joined through peer pressure at the time or maybe he represses those opinions now (well, did) but unless he was completely incapable of thinking for himself, it's impossible to justify both opposing positions like that, in my opinion.

Eh, I wouldn't buy an overnight change, but I think people can truly change over a period of time. Particularly when you factor in where and when he grew up, it's not that hard to believe he (like many from that generation) came to have new experiences and form new conclusions and regretted his past.

Not to say I was fan of him on the whole, but I'm willing to believe he was genuine in his regret about his earlier racism.

Killericon
06-28-2010, 07:29 PM
Daniel Inouye is now the highest ranking Asian-American Politician in history.

epicSocialism4tw
06-28-2010, 07:57 PM
Another poster child for term limits and undisputed king of the pork barrel.

Yup.

DarkHorse30
06-28-2010, 08:41 PM
may he rest in pieces

cutthemdown
06-28-2010, 08:50 PM
Great news!!!!

broncocalijohn
06-28-2010, 08:53 PM
keepin' strom thurmond company now i guess...

So do we find out that Byrd had a black hook up and had a malado kid somewhere in America?

cutthemdown
06-28-2010, 09:01 PM
So do we find out that Byrd had a black hook up and had a malado kid somewhere in America?

He's so old that kid could be dead by now.

Inkana7
06-28-2010, 09:49 PM
Maybe. But regardless of whether I do or don't agree with the other aspects of a candidate's policy beliefs and values, there is no way on Earth that I could possibly support for public office someone who as an adult belonged to certain groups -- Nazi Party, Aryan Nation, NAMBLA....and KKK to name a few.

KKK membership (in Byrd's case, for a period of years) is evidence of profound defects of character and judgement. There's a point beyond which "I made a youthful mistake" or similar excuses just don't cut it. Shame on West Virginia and on the Democrats. (And yes, shame on the Republicans for Strom Thurmond.)

The Pope was a Nazi.

Swedish Extrovert
06-28-2010, 10:37 PM
This leaves the KKK without any former members in the Senate. As far as we know.

Until David Duke gets elected.

I liked Byrd. I think, given everything considered, his membership in the KKK is almost forgivable. He joined because he "hated communism, and the KKK were the most anti-communist people I knew." Also, we're talking about West Virginia here - don't they rank WV up there with the most racist states.

Harry Truman was in the KKK also, yet he was the first president to publicly support civil rights. Well, maybe the first Democratic President to really support equal rights - it was after Truman and the Thurmond dissension that shifted the class wars (and all the racism that goes along with it) to the Republican party.

Obviously I'm not saying "Republicans are racist" or anything like that. What is important to understand, however, is that racist thought is a product of class-warfare, and these groups always flock to a party for more power and influence. Before Truman these types flocked to the Dems, and Truman - a Democrat - was the one who changed that, and Byrd was around during Truman.

Byrd stayed true to his politics, regardless of the trivial social issues at the time, and no matter what your views are, you have to respect that.

RIP

Swedish Extrovert
06-28-2010, 10:41 PM
Maybe. But regardless of whether I do or don't agree with the other aspects of a candidate's policy beliefs and values, there is no way on Earth that I could possibly support for public office someone who as an adult belonged to certain groups -- Nazi Party, Aryan Nation, NAMBLA....and KKK to name a few.

KKK membership (in Byrd's case, for a period of years) is evidence of profound defects of character and judgement. There's a point beyond which "I made a youthful mistake" or similar excuses just don't cut it. Shame on West Virginia and on the Democrats. (And yes, shame on the Republicans for Strom Thurmond.)

I might be mistaken, but I think Byrd was like 13-14 when he joined, and knew nothing about it... and left shortly after.

I just stay true to what I said earlier: it's West Virginia.

broncocalijohn
06-28-2010, 10:43 PM
may he rest in pieces

Cut him up and in honor of his pork projects, feed him to the pigs.

Swedish Extrovert
06-28-2010, 10:43 PM
The Pope was a Nazi.

Again, the guy said ADULT. The current Pope, was a member of the Nazi Youth, which was pretty much mandatory at the time.

Wow... look at me, defending the Pope... this is why I almost never go into the WRP Forum.

ColoradoDarin
06-29-2010, 05:34 AM
Until David Duke gets elected.

I liked Byrd. I think, given everything considered, his membership in the KKK is almost forgivable. He joined because he "hated communism, and the KKK were the most anti-communist people I knew." Also, we're talking about West Virginia here - don't they rank WV up there with the most racist states.

Harry Truman was in the KKK also, yet he was the first president to publicly support civil rights. Well, maybe the first Democratic President to really support equal rights - it was after Truman and the Thurmond dissension that shifted the class wars (and all the racism that goes along with it) to the Republican party.

Obviously I'm not saying "Republicans are racist" or anything like that. What is important to understand, however, is that racist thought is a product of class-warfare, and these groups always flock to a party for more power and influence. Before Truman these types flocked to the Reps, and Truman - a Democrat - was the one who changed that, and Byrd was around during Truman.

Byrd stayed true to his politics, regardless of the trivial social issues at the time, and no matter what your views are, you have to respect that.

RIP

That's not exactly true. Most of the Dixiecrats were welcomed back into the Democrat party. Most stayed Democrat after that and through the Civil Rights debates/votes (Richard Russell, Mendell Rivers, William Fulbright, Robert Byrd, Fritz Hollings and Al Gore Sr. remained Democrats till their dying day). It was only when they started dieing off that the South has trended Republican. It took almost 30 years for the South to stop sending a lot of Democrats to DC.

It would make no sense for the racists to jump over to the Republicans as a higher percentage of R's supported the Civil Rights acts. In the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes.

Remember that the Republicans were the minority party at the time. Nonetheless, H.R.7152 passed the House on Feb. 10, 1964. Of the 420 members who voted, 290 supported the civil rights bill and 130 opposed it.

Republicans favored the bill 138 to 34; Democrats supported it 152-96. Republicans supported it in higher proportions than Democrats. Without Republicans the bill would have failed. Republicans were the other much-needed leg of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

And history is no longer being taught.

Garcia Bronco
06-29-2010, 06:38 AM
Also, we're talking about West Virginia here - don't they rank WV up there with the most racist states.


No the aren't

BroncoLifer
06-29-2010, 08:40 AM
I might be mistaken, but I think Byrd was like 13-14 when he joined, and knew nothing about it... and left shortly after.

I just stay true to what I said earlier: it's West Virginia.

He joined when he was 24.

BroncoLifer
06-29-2010, 08:57 AM
What is important to understand, however, is that racist thought is a product of class-warfare...


What a load of Marxist crap.


Byrd stayed true to his politics, regardless of the trivial social issues at the time, and no matter what your views are, you have to respect that.


Civil rights are "trivial"?

cutthemdown
06-29-2010, 12:43 PM
To the person saying we should respect Byrd for staying true to his politics I say no we don't. He's a bigot, a racist, and deserves no respect on any level. The things the KKK did while he was a member are unforgivable. How we allowed him to stay in the Senate is a travesty. The people of that state should be ashamed themselves.

What's next do we let child molesters say they changed and become pre school teachers? To have a known racist, a known kkk member in a policy making position is unthinkable!!

I never say this but I am glad he is dead and hope he burns in hell for the things they did to innocent black Americans. Kids, women, they hated them all. Not only hated but went out and killed people. How anyone can forgive them is beyond me. If anything they all should have been hunted down like Nazi war criminals. Just being in KKK should have sent you to prison.

Florida_Bronco
06-29-2010, 01:39 PM
Harry Truman was in the KKK also

No he wasn't. From Wiki...

In 1922, Truman gave a friend $10 for an initiation fee for the Ku Klux Klan but later asked to get his money back; he was never initiated, never attended a meeting, and never claimed membership.

mhgaffney
06-29-2010, 02:08 PM
For the last 10 years of his life Byrd was the conscience of the Senate.

He filled a role formerly occupied by OR Senator Mark Hatfield.

Byrd is proof that people can change for the better. He was a puppet of the mining industry in the same way that Hatfield was a puppet of the timber industry.

But on foreign policy he shined.

He will be sorely missed.

Garcia Bronco
06-29-2010, 02:15 PM
Again, the guy said ADULT. The current Pope, was a member of the Nazi Youth, which was pretty much mandatory at the time.

Wow... look at me, defending the Pope... this is why I almost never go into the WRP Forum.

The Hitler Youth was mandatory for most.

elsid13
06-29-2010, 02:31 PM
Unlike most on this thread, I had meet late Senator and his staff several times over the years and I will tell you it was lose for the country with his passing. I understand most know him only of what they heard about from talk radio (in this day and time seem to only attempt to paint folks in bad light) but I always found that he was very smart man that deeply cared about his family, the country, the Constitution and his state. He was respected by all that work with him and truly beloved by those in his state(he never forgot who elected him and why). He was like a rock star to folks of WV.

He was one the finest Constitutional scholar that is country has every seen and understood how to make things happen for the country with respect to the legislative process better then anyone living.

Like all men he had his faults, but he did change over time. You would be surprised how many women he help into position of power and leadership within Congressional Staffs or Executive Branch.

He will be sorely missed, and I hope he has found peace with his late wife Erma, who I know he sorely missed.

Requiem
06-29-2010, 03:10 PM
Thanks for the great post, Elsid.

Dr. Broncenstein
06-29-2010, 03:21 PM
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watermock
06-29-2010, 06:07 PM
Man, I'd love have some of his personal beloning at Orange Sunday.

Light up a cross on the OM supergrill.

I wonder if he was a 35 degree mason as well.

Baad Mojo...

Swedish Extrovert
06-29-2010, 06:14 PM
Civil rights are "trivial"?

Um, I never said that.

I said "trivial social issues at the time." Civil rights weren't a trivial social issue.

And... the Republicans play the class warfare card more than the Democrats these days.

Garcia Bronco
06-29-2010, 07:18 PM
Um, I never said that.

I said "trivial social issues at the time." Civil rights weren't a trivial social issue.

And... the Republicans play the class warfare card more than the Democrats these days.

Not even close

seanpgk
06-29-2010, 08:52 PM
http://deco-00.slide.com/r/1/0/crop/0/0/0/0/800/800/0sf14yDMl1cTUgDg-yevr6Pq7B7hukB3ImIwQbU4CgmgNilUQ0mmW2Nxm303Mw3VBEA 3Vu5JgE19zQwKP4nNm1Ew_QFzihShh2f3/ri7L9ulo0d10EM1GYAcbHd6onP_Z

Ohh snap!!

SoDak Bronco
06-29-2010, 08:54 PM
For the last 10 years of his life Byrd was the conscience of the Senate.

He filled a role formerly occupied by OR Senator Mark Hatfield.

Byrd is proof that people can change for the better. He was a puppet of the mining industry in the same way that Hatfield was a puppet of the timber industry.

But on foreign policy he shined.

He will be sorely missed.

by who? Not anyone i know

Archer81
06-29-2010, 08:55 PM
Awesome.

One more stone edifice with his name on it.

:Broncos:

mhgaffney
06-29-2010, 09:08 PM
Byrd will be sorely missed by those who longs to see the US cease its foreign wars and learn to live in peace with the global community of nations.

Archer81
06-29-2010, 09:10 PM
Byrd will be sorely missed by those who longs to see the US cease its foreign wars and learn to live in peace with the global community of nations.


This message brought to you by the Commintern. A people's paradise of tomorrow, today.


:Broncos:

cutthemdown
06-30-2010, 01:33 AM
Unlike most on this thread, I had meet late Senator and his staff several times over the years and I will tell you it was lose for the country with his passing. I understand most know him only of what they heard about from talk radio (in this day and time seem to only attempt to paint folks in bad light) but I always found that he was very smart man that deeply cared about his family, the country, the Constitution and his state. He was respected by all that work with him and truly beloved by those in his state(he never forgot who elected him and why). He was like a rock star to folks of WV.

He was one the finest Constitutional scholar that is country has every seen and understood how to make things happen for the country with respect to the legislative process better then anyone living.

Like all men he had his faults, but he did change over time. You would be surprised how many women he help into position of power and leadership within Congressional Staffs or Executive Branch.

He will be sorely missed, and I hope he has found peace with his late wife Erma, who I know he sorely missed.

The problem is he belonged to a group, and was supposedly pretty high up in it, that actually killed and murdered other Americans. Doesn't matter what you do after that. Sorry but some things are unforgivable. Taking part in the KKK is a deal breaker for being missed when you die.

SPORTSWRITER
06-30-2010, 01:38 AM
A testament to the fact that people can change. from being a klansman to supporting our 1st african american president.

Agreed. Although some folks still can't decide which one was worse.

Garcia Bronco
06-30-2010, 05:49 AM
Is Obama really "the first African American President?"

tebowisdabomb
06-30-2010, 11:44 AM
Another poster child for term limits and undisputed king of the pork barrel.


nothing nice to say, but just thought I would point out this is the best post on the topic so far

tebowisdabomb
06-30-2010, 11:48 AM
To the person saying we should respect Byrd for staying true to his politics I say no we don't. He's a bigot, a racist, and deserves no respect on any level. The things the KKK did while he was a member are unforgivable. How we allowed him to stay in the Senate is a travesty. The people of that state should be ashamed themselves.

What's next do we let child molesters say they changed and become pre school teachers? To have a known racist, a known kkk member in a policy making position is unthinkable!!

I never say this but I am glad he is dead and hope he burns in hell for the things they did to innocent black Americans. Kids, women, they hated them all. Not only hated but went out and killed people. How anyone can forgive them is beyond me. If anything they all should have been hunted down like Nazi war criminals. Just being in KKK should have sent you to prison.


dude.... you can't be a racist or a bigot unless you are a republican/conservative or disagree with Obamas politics

tebowisdabomb
06-30-2010, 11:50 AM
http://deco-00.slide.com/r/1/0/crop/0/0/0/0/800/800/0sf14yDMl1cTUgDg-yevr6Pq7B7hukB3ImIwQbU4CgmgNilUQ0mmW2Nxm303Mw3VBEA 3Vu5JgE19zQwKP4nNm1Ew_QFzihShh2f3/ri7L9ulo0d10EM1GYAcbHd6onP_Z

I bet all the KKK flags are flying at half mast this week

errand
06-30-2010, 03:22 PM
You don't join a group like the KKK and then wake up one day with a revelation that it was all wrong. Maybe he joined through peer pressure at the time or maybe he represses those opinions now (well, did) but unless he was completely incapable of thinking for himself, it's impossible to justify both opposing positions like that, in my opinion.

He entered politics at the urging of the KKK's grand dragon wizard poo-bah or whatever they call those bastards....wonder why.

errand
06-30-2010, 03:26 PM
That's not exactly true. Most of the Dixiecrats were welcomed back into the Democrat party. Most stayed Democrat after that and through the Civil Rights debates/votes (Richard Russell, Mendell Rivers, William Fulbright, Robert Byrd, Fritz Hollings and Al Gore Sr. remained Democrats till their dying day). It was only when they started dieing off that the South has trended Republican. It took almost 30 years for the South to stop sending a lot of Democrats to DC.

It would make no sense for the racists to jump over to the Republicans as a higher percentage of R's supported the Civil Rights acts. In the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 percent of the votes. By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes.

Remember that the Republicans were the minority party at the time. Nonetheless, H.R.7152 passed the House on Feb. 10, 1964. Of the 420 members who voted, 290 supported the civil rights bill and 130 opposed it.

Republicans favored the bill 138 to 34; Democrats supported it 152-96. Republicans supported it in higher proportions than Democrats. Without Republicans the bill would have failed. Republicans were the other much-needed leg of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

And history is no longer being taught.


...and we won't even mention that it was a Republican president that brought slavery to an end

errand
06-30-2010, 03:32 PM
To the person saying we should respect Byrd for staying true to his politics I say no we don't. He's a bigot, a racist, and deserves no respect on any level. The things the KKK did while he was a member are unforgivable. How we allowed him to stay in the Senate is a travesty. The people of that state should be ashamed themselves.

What's next do we let child molesters say they changed and become pre school teachers? To have a known racist, a known kkk member in a policy making position is unthinkable!!

I never say this but I am glad he is dead and hope he burns in hell for the things they did to innocent black Americans. Kids, women, they hated them all. Not only hated but went out and killed people. How anyone can forgive them is beyond me. If anything they all should have been hunted down like Nazi war criminals. Just being in KKK should have sent you to prison.

The irony is that this "reformed" Klansman's policies have done nothing but make blacks who bought into them a permanent social and economic underclass

errand
06-30-2010, 03:34 PM
The Hitler Youth was mandatory for most.

Exactly...and in more instances thatn not, the only way to ensure survival. Let's see he could have marched in a Hitler Youth uniform or into Buchenwald, Dachau, or Auschwitz in a striped one......

errand
06-30-2010, 03:36 PM
Byrd will be sorely missed by those who longs to see the US cease its foreign wars and learn to live in peace with the global community of nations.

you do realize that the majority of our "foriegn" wars have been fought because we saved the world from the pieces of **** they put into power?

errand
06-30-2010, 03:38 PM
For the last 10 years of his life Byrd was the conscience of the Senate.

He filled a role formerly occupied by OR Senator Mark Hatfield.

Byrd is proof that people can change for the better. He was a puppet of the mining industry in the same way that Hatfield was a puppet of the timber industry.

But on foreign policy he shined.

He will be sorely missed.

Yeah...too bad for him he was conscience-less when he joined the Klan.

errand
06-30-2010, 03:39 PM
Unlike most on this thread, I had meet late Senator and his staff several times over the years and I will tell you it was lose for the country with his passing. I understand most know him only of what they heard about from talk radio (in this day and time seem to only attempt to paint folks in bad light) but I always found that he was very smart man that deeply cared about his family, the country, the Constitution and his state. He was respected by all that work with him and truly beloved by those in his state(he never forgot who elected him and why). He was like a rock star to folks of WV.

He was one the finest Constitutional scholar that is country has every seen and understood how to make things happen for the country with respect to the legislative process better then anyone living.

Like all men he had his faults, but he did change over time. You would be surprised how many women he help into position of power and leadership within Congressional Staffs or Executive Branch.

He will be sorely missed, and I hope he has found peace with his late wife Erma, who I know he sorely missed.

I wonder if this would have been posted if the thread was entitled "George W. Bush has passed away..."

errand
06-30-2010, 03:43 PM
Um, I never said that.

I said "trivial social issues at the time." Civil rights weren't a trivial social issue.

And... the Republicans play the class warfare card more than the Democrats these days.

Forgive him Lord...he knows not what he's talking about.

You seem to forget that the Dems blame the rich so much they've even suggested legislation to rename the San Andreas Fault to the Wealthy's Fault

errand
06-30-2010, 03:45 PM
Awesome.

One more stone edifice with his name on it.

:Broncos:

LOLLOLLOL...now that was funny, i don't care who you are.

elsid13
06-30-2010, 03:50 PM
I wonder if this would have been posted if the thread was entitled "George W. Bush has passed away..."

I would have thanked Bush for his service and realized that he did what he thought best for the country.

His father surround himself with far better advisers, but I understand being the POTUS is job where your mistakes are amplified and all decisions are criticized.

TDmvp
07-01-2010, 04:21 PM
Awesome.

One more stone edifice with his name on it.

:Broncos:

Hilarious! i hate to laugh but...

He did have his name on everything you look at in W.V. ...

Bridges , tunnels , you name it , he named it after himself .

Mr.Meanie
07-01-2010, 04:30 PM
The irony is that this "reformed" Klansman's policies have done nothing but make blacks who bought into them a permanent social and economic underclass

Or that could also be because black people just received civil rights less than 2 generations ago, and it takes time for an entire segment of society to break the cycle of poverty. Just sayin...

ColoradoDarin
07-01-2010, 07:04 PM
Or that could also be because black people just received civil rights less than 2 generations ago, and it takes time for an entire segment of society to break the cycle of poverty. Just sayin...

Sure, as long as you are ignorant of history.

broncocalijohn
07-01-2010, 09:30 PM
I wonder if this would have been posted if the thread was entitled "George W. Bush has passed away..."

Just wait until Bush'srunning mate Dick Cheney dies from a heart attack. They already want him to kill over every time he enters a hospital.

Naggle Nole
07-02-2010, 02:46 PM
So I have an interesting side-note to this....

As a freshman here at the University of Oklahoma, I was offered a Robert C. Byrd scholarship. Since I was a poor college student, of course I took it

It makes me feel incredibly ignorant and naive that I did not know anything about the senator's KKK past until his death. I am black, and while I don't know if it have made me turn the scholarship down to know the truth about him, I am still a little angry about it all these years after the fact

Something makes me wonder if the scholarship was all some two-faced attempt to show reform in Mr. Byrd's views by his enabling minority students to attend college. Whether or not he was sincere is anyone's guess...

Mr.Meanie
07-02-2010, 03:08 PM
So I have an interesting side-note to this....

As a freshman here at the University of Oklahoma, I was offered a Robert C. Byrd scholarship. Since I was a poor college student, of course I took it

It makes me feel incredibly ignorant and naive that I did not know anything about the senator's KKK past until his death. I am black, and while I don't know if it have made me turn the scholarship down to know the truth about him, I am still a little angry about it all these years after the fact

Something makes me wonder if the scholarship was all some two-faced attempt to show reform in Mr. Byrd's views by his enabling minority students to attend college. Whether or not he was sincere is anyone's guess...

Did it help you improve your life?

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 03:10 PM
So I have an interesting side-note to this....

As a freshman here at the University of Oklahoma, I was offered a Robert C. Byrd scholarship. Since I was a poor college student, of course I took it

It makes me feel incredibly ignorant and naive that I did not know anything about the senator's KKK past until his death. I am black, and while I don't know if it have made me turn the scholarship down to know the truth about him, I am still a little angry about it all these years after the fact

Something makes me wonder if the scholarship was all some two-faced attempt to show reform in Mr. Byrd's views by his enabling minority students to attend college. Whether or not he was sincere is anyone's guess...

Boomer.

Just take Byrd's money and laugh about it. Take it again if you can.

Naggle Nole
07-02-2010, 03:25 PM
Did it help you improve your life?

Interesting question. If I remember correctly, it wound up being something like $1500 spread across the two semesters.
I had other scholarships too, so something tells me that it probably became "cost of living" money (or partying money !Booya!)

Don't get me wrong, I am certainly grateful that I was chosen for the scholarship. I just feel I have to question the source and his motivation

Naggle Nole
07-02-2010, 03:26 PM
Boomer.

Just take Byrd's money and laugh about it. Take it again if you can.

Sooner! And your advice has been noted

broncobum6162
07-03-2010, 06:11 AM
may he rest in pieces

OMFGawd! :giggle::rofl::thumbsup: