The Charge of Racism: Robert Byrd--Senator from West Virginia
After the hearings, Senator Byrd publicly questioned the how the charge of racism was relevant to the proceedings. He stated:
"I'm very sorry the matter of race was injected here, not in an effort to clear one's name but in the effort to shift the ground. And so, instead of making an effort to clear his name in the minds of the committee members and in the minds of other senators who are not on the committee, he shifted the blame to the process and to race prejudice. I think it was preposterous. A black woman was making the charge against a black American male. Where is the racism? Nonsense. Nonsense."
Quoted in Strange Justice.