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Remember that pathetic attempt by the GOP to recast itself as the party of racial tolerance and compassion?

They've got some work to do:

Sen. Strom Thurmond and his staff tried to get the FBI to build a case against civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 on the grounds that King was "controlled by communists," according to a recently released FBI memo on the late senator from South Carolina. . . .

Thurmond wasn't the only conservative politician who tried to paint the civil rights movement's leaders as "red." But the FBI memo plumbs the depths of Thurmond's aversion to desegregation.

This man was a GOP Senator for decades - so its interesting his party is now trying to whitewash its past.  Any GOP resolutions denouncing their own shady history? Didn't think so.

Also, note that this attempt to label reformists as "traitors" is a long tradition of the right.  We need to start fleshing out this historical view for the masses: throughout modern (or longer?) American history, those who disagree with the power structure of the Right get slammed with the traitor tag. As the Right tries to label reformists as traitors today, we need to start making this sound like a pathetic broken record, one that has been used against some of histories most revered icons.

Originally posted to VirginiaDem on Wed Mar 02, 2005 at 02:20 PM PST.

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