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So Long to Taney
In the wake of the 2017 Charlottesville, VA protests, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan reversed his earlier position on the statue of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney and ordered its removal from Annapolis. Taney, the same justice who provided the majority opinion for the notorious Dred Scott decision sat in seemingly undisturbed thought outside of the Maryland State House for over a 100 years. And while the statue’s overnight removal did draw some crowds, it was relatively uneventful.
Review the above hyperlink and either of the following news articles that focused on the statue’s removal:
What is your reaction to the removal of Taney’s statue? Given what you have learned this week concerning the Dred Scott decision and Taney’s role during the increasingly tumultuous 1850s, do you agree with this decision? Taney was one of the first Supreme Court justices to oppose unchecked corporate power in the U.S., does the removal of his statue overlook this fact? Do you think the removal of Taney was just an attempt to stop another Charlottesville from happening, or that it represents a genuine attempt for the U.S. today to confront its past?
In case you would like a refresher on the 2017 Charlottesville protests, I suggest reviewing the following sites: