I walked by Mt. Vernon Park in Baltimore the other day and I saw this construction site:
I almost had an orgasm on the spot. The Taney Statue is gone! But alas I looked a few feet to my left and there it was in all its glory, The Justice Taney statue:
For all of you not in the know, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney was the judge who presided over the infamous Dred Scott case, yes Justice Taney made the “Dred Scott Decision”. As much as I despise Ronald Reagan Airport and J. Edgar Hoover buildings, high schools, etc., this statue upsets me more because I walk by it every day. That construction site was the biggest tease for me ever.
“The Supreme Court held that African Americans, enslaved or free, could not be citizens of the United States. Chief Justice Taney, arguing from the original intentions of the framers of the 1787 Constitution, stated that at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, African American people were considered a subordinate and inferior class of beings, “with no rights which the White man was bound to respect.”
He gets a statue, and you wonder why the Bush’s are fucking heroes.
The church in the background is on the site of the home of Star Spangled Banner “writer” Francis Scott Key. The song was actually adapted from an Irish bar tune.
I think they did move it back, if they plop a Clarence Mitchell statue there and moved Taney back remember you read it here first!