Maryland Officials Remove Confederate Statue Overnight

politics
August 18, 2017

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 has been removed. According to the Daily Caller, Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan recently 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. The 1857 Dred Scott v. Sanford decision is considered one of the worst moments of United State history. It claimed that former slaves have no right of citizenship and no legal standing in court. 

"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."

And now officials, with support of the governor, have taken down the statue. The Hill reports that workers began removing the statue of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Taney. Rather than being displayed in public, the statue will be stored in a Maryland State Archive Facility. 

In the past, the Governor Hogan has opposed removing statues, but recent events in Charlottesville seem to have changed his mind. 

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