UC Congress weighs removing Chief Justice Roger B. Taney's 2-foot-high marble bust from the Capitol.
Congress weighs removing bust of racist chief justice from Capitol https://t.co/W2UaQ92ZTu— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) July 22, 2020
The bust is outside the room where Taney announced the Dred Scott v. Sanford 1857 decision - African Americans, whether free men or slaves, could not consider as American citizens making it the worst decision in the Supreme Court’s history. Congress plans to replace it with Justice Thurgood Marshall, who in 1967 became the Supreme Court’s first Black justice.
The creation of the bust has been a target of criticisms when Illinois Sen. Lyman Trumbull proposed it following the death of Taney’s in 1865. He faced a fierce opponent of slavery in the person of Massachusetts Sen. Charles Sumner, who debated him by saying Taney’s name should hoot down the page of history. In 2017, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh decided to remove the statue of Taney and 3 others whom she described as Confederate monuments following the protest to turn down the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. In Maryland, around the same time, one in Annapolis and the other one outside the city hall in Frederick have removed statues of Taney.
Surprisingly, Dred's Scott's great-great-granddaughter Lynne M. Jackson wants the bust to stay where it was. In an interview with the Associated Press, Jackson said that she was not a fan of wiping things out but she would like to add her great grandfather's bust too.
With the rise of the Black Lives Matter in the world and racial injustice as one of the issues that sparked this movement, you can’t help but see century-old statues of individuals known as racist and slave traders’ toppled by protestors which President Trump greatly oppose and condemn.