Remove Roger Taney's statue from in front of the State House
  • Petitioned The State of Maryland

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The State of Maryland
Maryland Governor
Maryland State Senate
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State Rep. Kumar Barve
Maryland-036
State Sen. Stephen Hershey
Maryland-027
State Sen. Mike Miller
Maryland-045
State Sen. Nathaniel McFadden
Maryland-037BB
State Rep. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio
Maryland-030C
State Rep. Ron George
Maryland-041
State Sen. Lisa Gladden
Maryland-010B
State Rep. Adrienne Jones
Maryland-029C
State Rep. Anthony O'Donnell
Maryland-030A
State Rep. Michael Busch
Maryland-045A
State Rep. Talmadge Branch
Maryland-030
State Sen. John Astle
Maryland-030B
State Rep. Herb McMillan
Maryland-015
State Sen. Brian Feldman
Maryland-034
State Sen. Nancy Jacobs
Maryland
Gov. Martin O'Malley

Remove Roger Taney's statue from in front of the State House

    1. Fish Stark
    2. Petition by

      Fish Stark

      Annapolis, MD

Roger Taney was a bigoted so-and-so who used his position as the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice to issue one of the most embarrassing and dehumanizing rulings in our country’s history, which contributed significantly to the tensions that led up to the Civil War. Taney, who wrote the majority opinion for the infamous Dred Scott case, stated that African Americans were not protected as citizens under the Constitution and thus had no rights as citizens. He was a racist, responsible for possibly the worst Supreme Court decision in history, and we have a statue of him in front of the State House.

Obviously the State of Maryland means no harm and harbors no racist intentions by displaying Taney's statue. There is certainly no shortage of statues commemorating African Americans and civil rights in Annapolis-- those of Thurgood Marshall and Kunta Kinte are good examples. But while we do not suppose the State of Maryland to be racist, we know for a fact that Roger Taney was. In this day and age, it is inappropriate to display a statue of a man who used his position to successfully classify an entire racial group as unworthy of citizenship and stripped them of their Constitutional protections.

We respectfully ask the State of Maryland to remove the statue of Roger Taney from in front of the State House. While he will always be an important piece of our history, it is inappropriate to commemorate the person responsible for such an infamously racist decision as the Dred Scott case with a statue in front of a legislative building. The best course of action, to ensure that history and the aesthetically significant statue are both preserved, would be to move it to a museum of some sort--but its place in front of the state legislature is unsuitable.

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    • Jane cROSBY BETHLEHEM, NH
      • over 2 years ago

      Given the direction our country is going in, that of acceptance, it makes sense.

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    • R W Butcher BILTMORE LAKE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      As someone who believes in equality and justice and as a graduate of USNA I believe that honoring Taney in a public place is most inappropriate.

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    • robert bills BURNET, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      hate and bigotry must stop..We are the 99% majority and we demand the removal of this statue of hate.

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    • Jenny David MADURAI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      What a disgusting thing to celebrate in front of our state house.

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    • Jessica Flaherty BOWIE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      This statue could be placed elsewhere to still commemorate Taney. However, in front of the State building is inappropriate.

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