CBC Remembers the 'Racial Redemption' of Sen. Byrd

CBC chairwoman Rep. Barbara Lee walks a tightrope in her statement on the passing of the ultimate insider.

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Leave it to black folk to tell it like it is, while exercising some restraint, and we love it. CBC Chairwoman Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) released a statement on the passing of Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia. The statement highlighted Sen. Byrd's evolution from a former Klansman who opposed civil rights legislation and Thurgood Marshall's Supreme Court nomination, to one who supported making Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a federal holiday and endorsed then Sen. Barack Obama for president. Rep. Lee stated, "In the course of becoming the longest-serving member of Congress, Senator Byrd left an indelible mark on the history of our nation. I join all Americans as we honor his legacy of racial redemption and reconciliation." Enough said.