The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's award-winning calumnist Patrick McIlheran complains that Leonard Pitts doesn't blame Democrats enough for their opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964:[B]ack when King actually was marching, it wasn't political conservatives hating on him. It was Robert Byrd (D-W.V.), an ex-Klansman and the only current member of the Senate to have voted against the Civil Rights Act. And it was, by and large, Democrats who opposed the bill and civil rights.In fact it was southern political conservatives of both parties, including Byrd, which Leonard Pitts clearly acknowledges:[I]n the century after the Civil War, ... conservative Southern Democrats violently repressed would-be black voters, made a shadow government of the Ku Klux Klan, turned a deaf ear to the howling of lynch mobs and lynch victims.You'd expect a journalist of McIlheran's stature could calculate that those 100 years extended even beyond the CRA's enactment.
Best line though is this one:
*** Pitts is black, by the way; McIlheran is the oppressed white man.