Charleston Daily Mail columnist Don Surber is the only member of the mainstream media taking on Sen. Robert Byrd in his home state of West Virginia. Surber looks back at Byrd’s 1964 filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the pain and embarrassment it caused. He also digs up this great letter:
“The one-man talkathon staged by Sen. Byrd for 14 hours last night and this morning indicates the extent to which a mind warped with hate and prejudice will go — even in the hallowed halls of Congress.
“Sen. Byrd has not only done his state and our nation a great disservice, but has in addition exposed his family and friends to great embarrassment. The shame and stigma that attaches to his continuing acts against civil rights legislation is positive evidence that he is still a present-day advocate of the principles of the Ku Klux Klan.
“The sooner he is removed from the public and political scene, the better chance democracy will have to survive in America and the free world.”
June 10, 1964You Don’s his column in the Charleston Daily Mail or access it via his blog. As I’ve been saying to anyone who will listen, one day soon all columnists will also be bloggers.