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The racist past of West Virginia’s former senior senator, Robert C. Byrd, was so appalling even he eventually became sickened by it.

During the 1940s, Byrd was a member of and an officer in the Ku Klux Klan. Later, he was known to utter and write racially charged words that went well beyond insensitive, and do his best to quash efforts to remove Jim Crow laws.

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