Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia dies, and the liberal establishment extol his virtues to the heavens. Someone finds out that a University of Texas building was named after a fellow who had been in the KKK in the past, and all are shouting to the heavens that his name be removed lest all be offended.
Then we are reminded that Byrd was also a member of the KKK at one time, and we hear not a peep from anyone. marsHaLL e. kuykenDaLL firstname.lastname@example.org
Byrd’s passing has refueled the controversy over renaming Simkins Hall. The right argues that we should respect Texas’ historical figures — even if they were frothing racists associated with the worst crimes in the USA. The usual barbs have been thrown, mostly accusations that Democrats are playing the race card.
Now the senator’s death has drawn attention to his unsavory past and exalted Klan membership. Needless to say, the right rejoices at this opportunity to charge liberal hypocrisy.
But the point being missed in this polarized political climate is about social attitude, not party label. (Lincoln, after all, was a Republican — in name.) It’s not about who was a Democrat, who was a Republican.
It’s about recognizing the civil injustices of the past and committing to level the play- ing field — acknowledging that some are more fortunate than others, and that we are all in this together today.
JoHn robey email@example.com