A liberal double standard? No way. I’m shocked. Compare what Trent Lott said recently and the trouble it caused with this:
Senator Byrd:? Losing It Bigtime
Stephen N. Reed, HNN Charleston
March 6, 2001
By now, you've no doubt heard of Senator Robert C. Byrd's unfortunate remark on the "Fox News Sunday" program.? When host Tony Snow asked Byrd his opinion of race relations in America, Byrd "downplayed" any race problems in America by pouring this gasoline on the issue:
"They are much, much better than they've ever been in my lifetime," Byrd said.? "I think we talk about race too much.? I think those problems are largely behind us...I just think we talk so much about it that we help to create somewhat of an illusion.? I think we try to have good will.? My old mom told me, 'Robert, you can't go to heaven if you hate anybody.'? We practice that."
**Then, Byrd cautioned, "There are white niggers.? I've seen a lot of white niggers in my time; I'm going to use that word.?? We just need to work together to make our country a better country, and I'd just as soon quit talking about it so much."
Hey, Senator Byrd!? Those of us back here in West Virginia would just as soon you didn't talk about it at all!
Byrd later issued this apology from his office in Washington:
"I apologize for the characterization I used on this program. ? The phrase dates back to my boyhood and has no place in today's society.? As for my language, I had no intention of casting aspersions on anyone of another race."
When Byrd allows whatever residue of racism deep within himself to bubble up to the surface, he blames it on his youth.? Clearly, this is no longer an excuse for a man of his prestige.? You don't use the term "white nigger" on a nationally televised news program and expect that to fly in America these days.
The most obvious observation coming out of this latest sorry episode of the former Klan member's history on race relations is that he is losing his sense of decorum, his propriety.? West Virginia deserves better than to have an aging Senator, even one who has done much for the state, losing control on national television.
It is time for Senator Byrd to have the grace to go.? Before he makes an even bigger fool of himself and the state that he tries to serve.
Remember Robert:? West Virginia went with Lincoln in the big war