The most heated political topic of recent days has probably been the recent Charlottesville violence. After the planned removal of a General Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, a crowd of protesters and counter-protesters emerged. Tensions between the two crowds rose, culminating in a white nationalist violently running his car into the crowd of counter-protesters. One women died and many were injured.
A group of protesters in another city then toppled another historic statue, leading to one woman’s arrest. In other states and towns, too, it doesn't look as if many of the prominent confederate statues will long remain. As the culture war rises to levels of tensions not seen since the 1960s and 1970s, these confederate statues have become symbolic to many Americans of racism and bigotry.
And now, yet another confederate statue may be removed. According to the Daily Caller, Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan announced his support for removing a statue of Chief Justice Roger Taney from Maryland statehouse's ground. Taney was a Supreme Court justice from 1836 to 1864 and earned his fame from writing the notorious Dred Scott decision, which claimed that blacks were not citizens of the United States.
"While we cannot hide from our history – nor should we – the time has come to make clear the differences between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapter of our history," remarked Hogan according to the Daily Caller. "With that in mind, I believe removing the Justice Roger B. Taney statue from the State House ground is the right thing to do, and we will ask the State House Trust to take that action immediately."
In the past, the Governor Hogan has opposed removing confederate statues, but recent events in Charlottesville seem to have changed his mind.
Indeed, recent events have caused many Republican officials to stop and pause, and have even caused many to denounce Donald Trump, who they believe has not handled the troublesome situation with enough tact. Of course, many have stood right by his side, even in light of recent events. Not only that, but George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, often considered at odds the current president, have both issued a statement that sounds extremely similar to the one issued by Trump on Saturday, which seems to be a sign of defense for the current president.
"The governor was disgusted by the events in Charlottesville and rightly concluded that those memorials had become a rallying point for white supremacists and bigots," claimed the governor's spokesman to the Baltimore Sun. "Their presence on prominent public land was sending confusion and an ultimately inappropriate message."
On Wednesday Gettysburg made a major statement on removing confederate monuments.