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07/04/2008 02:33 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jesse Helms: Yankee Doodle Jesse

He's a Yankee Doodle Jesse
A Yankee Doodle do or die
A real live nephew of the Ku Klux Klan
Died on the Fourth of July...

"I hope what future generations learn about me will be based on the truth and not the deliberate inaccuracies those who disagreed with me took such delight in repeating." - Jesse Helms to the Associated Press in 2005.

Fair enough Jesse. I'll let you speak for yourself...

"White people, wake up before it is too late. Do you want Negroes working beside you, your wife and your daughters, in your mills and factories?" (1950)

"The Negro cannot count forever on the kind of restraint that's thus far left him free to clog the streets, disrupt traffic, and interfere with other men's rights." (1963)

"Crime rates and irresponsibility among Negroes are a fact of life which must be faced." (1981)

"The University of North Carolina (UNC)... the University of Negroes and Communists..." (1995)

"Blacks, gays and lesbians are responsible for the proliferation of AIDS"

"There is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy." (1988)

"All Latins are volatile people." (1986)

"The New York Times and Washington Post are both infested with homosexuals themselves. Just about every person down there is a homosexual or lesbian."

"The government should spend less money on people with AIDS because they got sick as a result of deliberate, disgusting, revolting conduct." (1995)

"Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here [Fort Bragg]. He'd better have a bodyguard. " (1994)

"What is really at stake is whether or not America will allow the cultural high ground in this nation to sink slowly into an abyss of slime to placate people who clearly seek or are willing to destroy the Judaic-Christian foundations of this republic." (1990)

"I've been portrayed as a caveman by some. That's not true. I'm a conservative progressive, and that means I think all men are equal, be they slants, beaners or niggers." (1985)

"I have tried at every point to seek God's wisdom on the decisions I made, and I made it my business to speak up on behalf of the things God tells us are important to Him."

Yankee
Pronunciation: \ˈyaŋ-kē\
Function: noun
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1758
1 a: a native or inhabitant of New England
1 b: a native or inhabitant of the northern United States
2: a native or inhabitant of the United States