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Robert C. Byrd's name removed from a college health center

A private college in West Virginia said Wednesday it is removing the name of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd from its health center, saying his name had caused “divisiveness and pain" without explicitly noting his complicated past on racial matters.

Byrd was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s but subsequently denounced the organization. He served in the Senate for 51 years and died in 2010 at age 92.

Bethany College President Tamara Rodenberg said on the school's website that Byrd's name will be removed from the college's Robert C. Byrd Health Center “to demonstrate Bethany College’s capacity to change, to listen, and to learn.”

Bethany's statement did not specifically mention Byrd's past ties to the Klan.

"Our lives are marked by decisions, by actions, and by grace, and today we embrace all three in a tangible, visible way at our beloved Bethany College," Rodenberg wrote.

Bethany College’s statement said the college recognized in the past few weeks that Byrd’s name attached to the health center “created divisiveness and pain for members of Bethany community, both past and present.”

While the college said it respects the Byrd family name, “we can no longer let it represent how we lead in today’s world.”

Protests have erupted around the world since the death last month of George Floyd in Minnesota, a black man who died after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck as he pleaded for air. Much of the conversation has focused on systematic racism and police brutality against black people in the United States.

Byrd, a Democrat, brought billions of dollars to his home state as the powerful chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. His name is attached to dozens of buildings, roads, schools, scholarships and other public works projects in West Virginia.

In 2010, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton gave speeches at memorial service for Byrd at the state Capitol in Charleston.

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Another Democrat gets his name removed for racist thinking, and Obama gave a memorial speech for him to boot.

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don't remember ever hearing there's NEVER been a Racist Democrat.......

:unsure:  :blink:

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22 minutes ago, MovieMadness said:

Robert C. Byrd's name removed from a college health center

A private college in West Virginia said Wednesday it is removing the name of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd from its health center, saying his name had caused “divisiveness and pain" without explicitly noting his complicated past on racial matters.

Byrd was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s but subsequently denounced the organization. He served in the Senate for 51 years and died in 2010 at age 92.

Bethany College President Tamara Rodenberg said on the school's website that Byrd's name will be removed from the college's Robert C. Byrd Health Center “to demonstrate Bethany College’s capacity to change, to listen, and to learn.”

Bethany's statement did not specifically mention Byrd's past ties to the Klan.

"Our lives are marked by decisions, by actions, and by grace, and today we embrace all three in a tangible, visible way at our beloved Bethany College," Rodenberg wrote.

Bethany College’s statement said the college recognized in the past few weeks that Byrd’s name attached to the health center “created divisiveness and pain for members of Bethany community, both past and present.”

While the college said it respects the Byrd family name, “we can no longer let it represent how we lead in today’s world.”

Protests have erupted around the world since the death last month of George Floyd in Minnesota, a black man who died after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck as he pleaded for air. Much of the conversation has focused on systematic racism and police brutality against black people in the United States.

Byrd, a Democrat, brought billions of dollars to his home state as the powerful chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. His name is attached to dozens of buildings, roads, schools, scholarships and other public works projects in West Virginia.

In 2010, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton gave speeches at memorial service for Byrd at the state Capitol in Charleston.

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Another Democrat gets his name removed for racist thinking, and Obama gave a memorial speech for him to boot.

Mad--This is another example of you forgetting our current history which we have all lived together.

As I told you in the Woodrow Wilson thread, there was quite a change in the Democratic Party.

The racists who wanted to maintain their views on segregation and white supremacy left the Democratic party and went on to be Republicans, as I said previously most of them were from the south and were led by Strom Thurmond.

Whereas, Senator Byrd recanted his racist beliefs and asked for forgiveness publicly numerous times. I saw him do it on TV. And we are a forgiving Nation, if people are honestly asking for forgiveness.

It's been shown that people can change and improve if they want to. And that's the kind of person Senator Byrd was.

I think it takes a very big person to admit that they were wrong and to change. So, Senator Byrd had no reason to leave the Democratic party because he believed in civil rights and recanted his believe in white supremacy.

Senator Byrd also worked closely with the very liberal Senator Ted Kennedy.

Our current crop of Democratic leaders felt compelled to honor Senator Byrd in death because he was a changed man and did all he could to prove it.

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Robert Byrd apologized and change his ways regarding the K-K.

Byrd went into politics. Several times during his 57 years in Congress, Byrd’s Klan connection threatened to upend his career. But here is where Byrd is no Duke. He admitted his mistake and atoned for it in public and in policy.

 

In his memoir, Byrd wrote, “It has emerged throughout my life to haunt and embarrass me and has taught me in a very graphic way what one major mistake can do to one’s life, career, and reputation.”

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Who filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
Civil Rights Filibuster Ended. At 9:51 on the morning of June 10, 1964, Senator Robert C. Byrd completed an address that he had begun 14 hours and 13 minutes earlier.
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Did he do it with forgiveness in his heart?
 

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They were Democrats in the South that wanted it to fail, along with Byrd. It doesn't matter what happened later, they were still democrats.

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7 hours ago, MovieMadness said:

They were Democrats in the South that wanted it to fail, along with Byrd. It doesn't matter what happened later, they were still democrats.

So what have those racist Democrats of the '60s got to do with Democrats running for office in 2020? Racists today vote Republican, moreso than ever with Trump in power.

And anyone who votes for Trump, even if he/she isn't racist, knows that by voting for him they are enabling racism in America.

You seem very eager to point out the racists that have existed in the Democrat Party in the past, MM. But you only do it to finger point. If you thought racism was evil you wouldn't be voting for Trump. Period.

This thread is just more finger pointing trolling on your part. It's not because you oppose racism.

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11 hours ago, mr6666 said:

don't remember ever hearing there's NEVER been a Racist Democrat.......

:unsure:  :blink:

Actually, the racist Republicans from the South (Strom Thurmond, etc.) were racist Democrats before they became Republicans.  In 1960's, the racist left the Dem Party and joined the Republican Party where they were accepted with open arms.

Regardless, today's racists support the Republican Party and the Republican Party supports today's racists.

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12 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

Mad--This is another example of you forgetting our current history which we have all lived together.

As I told you in the Woodrow Wilson thread, there was quite a change in the Democratic Party.

The racists who wanted to maintain their views on segregation and white supremacy left the Democratic party and went on to be Republicans, as I said previously most of them were from the south and were led by Strom Thurmond.

Whereas, Senator Byrd recanted his racist beliefs and asked for forgiveness publicly numerous times. I saw him do it on TV. And we are a forgiving Nation, if people are honestly asking for forgiveness.

It's been shown that people can change and improve if they want to. And that's the kind of person Senator Byrd was.

I think it takes a very big person to admit that they were wrong and to change. So, Senator Byrd had no reason to leave the Democratic party because he believed in civil rights and recanted his believe in white supremacy.

Senator Byrd also worked closely with the very liberal Senator Ted Kennedy.

Our current crop of Democratic leaders felt compelled to honor Senator Byrd in death because he was a changed man and did all he could to prove it...but it wasn't enough. when we denigrate a group we stick with it.

:D

but now it doesn't matter. he gets thrown out with the rest of the flotsam.

is this an injustice or a poetic justice?

 

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they won't be asking sleepytime joe about this either.

:D

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Robert Carlyle Byrd (born Cornelius Calvin Sale Jr.; November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010) was an American politician who served as a Democrat United States Senator from West Virginia for over 51 years, from 1959 until his death in 2010.

In the early 1940s, Byrd recruited 150 of his friends and associates to create a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Sophia, West Virginia.

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Robert Byrd's Memorial Service

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a memorial service for Sen. Robert Byrd, July 2, 2010, at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va.

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All the democrats seemed to work well and praise this guy, even Obama.

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19 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

Mad--This is another example of you forgetting our current history which we have all lived together.

As I told you in the Woodrow Wilson thread, there was quite a change in the Democratic Party.

The racists who wanted to maintain their views on segregation and white supremacy left the Democratic party and went on to be Republicans, as I said previously most of them were from the south and were led by Strom Thurmond.

Whereas, Senator Byrd recanted his racist beliefs and asked for forgiveness publicly numerous times. I saw him do it on TV. And we are a forgiving Nation, if people are honestly asking for forgiveness.

It's been shown that people can change and improve if they want to. And that's the kind of person Senator Byrd was.

I think it takes a very big person to admit that they were wrong and to change. So, Senator Byrd had no reason to leave the Democratic party because he believed in civil rights and recanted his believe in white supremacy.

Senator Byrd also worked closely with the very liberal Senator Ted Kennedy.

Our current crop of Democratic leaders felt compelled to honor Senator Byrd in death because he was a changed man and did all he could to prove it.

Curious if you believe it was misguided to remove Byrd's name since he repented his racist thoughts and actions?

 

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Everything has a context.  George Wallace lost his first election because he was not racist enough in his campaign.   He learned his lesson, perhaps too well.

Politics makes for strange requirements to gain and keep office.  Look at all the Democrats who are soft on gun control or anti-abortion.

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At one point this POS was proudly appropriating +90% of the nation road funding to his home state West Virginia.

 

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1 hour ago, BgayE said:

At one point this POS was proudly appropriating +90% of the nation road funding to his home state West Virginia.

 

Yea,  Byrd was a thief .  I know this related to one of my first jobs:    West Virginia's workers comp system was a joke and I worked with Ernst & Young on a report to the Governor on how to make their WC system more financially stable.      Other Senators had caught on that Byrd was raiding Federal dollars to bail out WV's corrupt and incompetently run WC system. 

I stayed their for months trying to help them modernize:  these clowns barely knew how to use phones, let alone computers!

  

 

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These are most of the places he got named after himself and his wife--

Academia, science, and technology
    Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center, Marshall University Graduate College in South Charleston, West Virginia[9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Auditorium, National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia[9][10][11]
    Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia[6][9][10][12][13]
    Robert C. Byrd Cancer Research Laboratory, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia[9][10][14]
    Robert C. Byrd Center for Pharmacy Education, University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia[9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia[6][9]
    Robert C. Byrd Clinical Teaching Center, Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia[9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, Green Bank, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, Princeton, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Charleston Division, Charleston, West Virginia[9]
    Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg, West Virginia[6][9][15]
    Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) Bridgeport Manufacturing Technology Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia[9][10][16]
    RCBI Charleston Manufacturing Technology Center, South Charleston, West Virginia[6][9][10][16]
    RCBI Huntington Manufacturing Technology Center, Huntington, West Virginia[9][10][16]
    RCBI Rocket Center Manufacturing Technology Center, Rocket Center, West Virginia[9][10][16][17]
    Robert C. Byrd Institute for Composites Technology and Training Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia[9]
    Robert C. Byrd Library, Wheeling, West Virginia[9]
    Robert C. Byrd Library and Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center, University of Charleston in Beckley[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Moorefield, West Virginia[9]
    Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia[10]
    Robert C. Byrd Metals Fabrication Center, Rocket Center, West Virginia[9][10][17]
    Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia (affiliated with Fairmont State University)[9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia[6][9][18]
    Robert C. Byrd Regional Training Institute, Camp Dawson near Kingwood, West Virginia[9]
    Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Technology Center, Alderson–Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center[6][10]

Commerce

    Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex, Rocket Center, West Virginia[6][9][10][17]
    Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park, Moorefield, West Virginia[6][9][10]

Community

    Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Sugar Grove, West Virginia[6][10]

Government

    Robert C. Byrd Rooms, Office of the West Virginia Senate Minority Leader, West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia[9]
    Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Beckley, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse and Federal Building, Charleston, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Federal Correctional Institution, Hazelton, West Virginia[6][10]

Healthcare

    Robert C. Byrd Clinic, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Clinical Addition to Veteran's Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia[6][9][10]

Recreation and tourism

    Robert C. Byrd Addition to the Lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Conference Center (also known as the Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality and Tourism), Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia[6][9][10]

Transportation
The Robert C. Byrd Bridge crossing the Ohio River between Huntington, West Virginia and Chesapeake, Ohio.

    Robert C. Byrd Appalachian Highway System, Appalachian Development Highway System in West Virginia[9][10][19]
    Robert C. Byrd Bridge, crosses the Ohio River between Huntington, West Virginia and Chesapeake, Ohio[6][9][10][19]
    Robert C. Byrd Bridge, Ohio County, West Virginia[19]
    Robert C. Byrd Drive, West Virginia Routes 16 and 97 between Beckley and Sophia, West Virginia[6][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Expressway, United States Route 22 near Weirton, West Virginia[6][9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Freeway, United States Route 119 between Williamson and Charleston, West Virginia (also known as Corridor G)[6][9]
    Robert C. Byrd Highway, United States Route 48 between Weston, West Virginia and the Virginia state line near Wardensville, West Virginia (also known as Corridor H)[6][19]
    Robert C. Byrd Interchange on Interstate 77[9]
    Robert C. Byrd Interchange on United States Route 19, Birch River, West Virginia[9][19]
    Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center, Wheeling, West Virginia[9][10]
    Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, Ohio River in Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia[6][9][10]

Erma Ora Byrd

The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center at Concord University's Beckley Campus in Beaver, West Virginia.

The following places are named after Robert Byrd's wife, Erma Ora Byrd:

    Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Center, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia[9][10][20]
    Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia[10][20]
    Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center, Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia[9]
    Erma Ora Byrd Conference and Learning Center, Rocket Center, West Virginia[17][21]
    Erma Byrd Eastern Panhandle Health Professions Center, Martinsburg, West Virginia[9][10]
    Erma Byrd Gallery, University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia[9]
    Erma Byrd Garden, Graceland Mansion in Elkins, West Virginia[20]
    Erma Ora Byrd Hall, Department of Nursing Education, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia[9]
    Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, Concord University Beckley Campus in Beaver, West Virginia[9][10][22]

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On 6/28/2020 at 11:07 AM, TheCid said:

Actually, the racist Republicans from the South (Strom Thurmond, etc.) were racist Democrats before they became Republicans.  In 1960's, the racist left the Dem Party and joined the Republican Party where they were accepted with open arms.

Regardless, today's racists support the Republican Party and the Republican Party supports today's racists.

In the late '90's former governor of Michigan WILLIAM MILLIKEN  was taken to task by much younger state republicans when he wrote a "guest column" in a local paer citing the unfortunate reversal of republicans to becoming less tolerant and civil than in his day.  And indeed I agree.  Milliken was Michigan's longest serving governor(14 years) and had no trouble getting re-elected with votes from both republicans AND democrats.  Those younger republicans were razzing Milliken for being the "old guard" of republican that wasted time caring about EVERYBODY, and not just the "new" core of conservative ideology. 

Indeed Both parties did complete "about faces" from what they were 50 years ago.

Sepiatone

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1 hour ago, MovieMadness said:

These are most of the places he got named after himself and his wife--

 

While these places were named after one of the Byrds, no doubt he did not have to request it.  Government employees and elected officials would have been very eager to name something after the man who got them the money and his spouse.  It is one of the things that is bad about American politics.  I am proud that when I was on city council, we had a policy, at my "request," that nothing would be named after a living person.  That policy continued for many years.  In fact, the only exception has been a ball field in  a recreation facility named for a man who volunteered as a youth coach for decades.

S.C. is full of things named for Strom Thurmond.  The irony is that once he was out of office (at 100 years old), the naming stopped.

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I find it hard to believe that Byrd was appropriating 90% or more of road funding to WV, if only

because I doubt the other 99 senators would stand for it.

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