Robert Byrd was not only a former member and recruiter within the KKK, but he filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for almost 3 months and opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but what does any of that matter to an organization that's long built itself as standing for the advancement of "colored" people:
From the Ku Klux Klan, to a 14-hour, 13-minute filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. former Sen. Robert C. Byrd's life was filled with controversy.
"I realize that people make mistakes when they're young ... I think we've all done things we've regretted ... these are one of the things I know he regretted," Coston Davis, President, Charleston Branch of NAACP said.
Byrd was elected to the U.S. House in 1952. His involvement in the Klan splashed across headlines. He said he joined because of its anti-communism.
He joined with Southern Democrats in filibustering the Civil Rights Bill, a move that would haunt him for the rest of his political career.
"I do know the he filibustered the civil rights for a minute and at that point there was a transformation and change and he actually became a champion of civil rights," Davis said.
What a disgrace. No wonder the NAACP borders on irrelevancy,