Post-Charlottesville, Justice Roger Taney Statues Are Removed, but Not at the Supreme Court

, The National Law Journal


Is it time to say goodbye to the marble bust and portrait of Chief Justice Roger Taney, who authored the 1857 Dred Scott decision endorsing slavery?

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  • Guy Greenwod

    The best reason not to remove Roger Taney is because he wrote Dred Scott. Only totalitarians scrub history. Taliban destroyed standing Buddhas, Mao would have raised "The Forbidden City", if not for Zhou Enlai. It‘s all about the warts and heroes we build upon.

  • michaell

    This is the rabbit hole: We don‘t like Roger Taney because he wrote Dred Scott, so now we scrub him from history (note that he was Chief Justice for almost 30 years, and before that Secretary of War, Attorney General, and Secretary of Treasury). Are we going to purge the record of all of his opinions? There‘s a retired USCG Cutter in Baltimore named after him. Do we scrap that ship, too? Now let‘s turn tables a bit: If Taney has to go because he authored probably the most notorious pro-slavery opinion, what do we do with justices who authored other controversial or unpopular opinions. If I am pro-life, should all portraits of Harry Blackmun come down for his decision in Roe v. Wade?

  • Laz L. Schneider

    What about the other 6 Justices on the opinion? Each should be vilified and their images,oil or marble, removed from public view.

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