by Alan J. Singer
The Supreme Court uses a myth of its own impartiality to justify a legacy of judicial review that is tainted by its service to slavery and Jim Crow.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Corey M. Brooks
“If a man,” famed Massachusetts radical Charles Sumner asserted, “has done evil during his life he must not be complimented in marble.” Instead Sumner demanded “the name of Taney … be hooted down the page of history.”
SOURCE: New York Times
by Jamelle Bouie
The power of the courts to define the meaning of the Constitution has been challenged by legislative, executive and popular action at different times in American history. If that prospect seems scary, remember that it's the process that overthrew the Dred Scott decision as the law of the land, argues NYT columnist Jamelle Bouie.
“We’ve got to go back and recognize that what they did in Obergefell was not only to take and create a right that does not exist under the Constitution but then to mandate that that right compels Christians to give up their religious freedom and liberty.”
SOURCE: Time Magazine
The family of former Supreme Court Justice Roger Brooke Taney has offered a public apology to the descendants of Dred Scott on the 160th anniversary of the landmark decision.
Frederick, Md., is debating how to remove a bronze bust of Roger Brooke Taney, the Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision.
SOURCE: Corey Robin Blog
by Corey Robin
But Lincoln never said what they say he said. He said the opposite.
SOURCE: Raw Story
"[T]he Dred Scott decision of 1857 still remains to this day the law of the land which says that black people aren’t fully human."-- Mike Huckabee
SOURCE: The New Yorker
by Amy Davidson
In part, Dred Scott is simply being used to give Obergefell a bad name—as pure invective, another way to call the decision rotten and the Supreme Court deluded.
The Dred Scott Case Said Blacks Had No Rights the “White Man Was Bound to Respect.” But in the West Things Turned Out Differently.
by Adam Arenson
In the West, many Americans expanded their citizenship rights in ways Roger Taney never anticipated.
by Dr. Albert I. Slomovitz
Let's say the Pledge of Allegiance and focus on the final few words, "one nation under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice For All."
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