Congress Weighs Kicking Racist Chief Justice From Capitol
The House will vote on whether to remove from the U.S. Capitol a bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the author of the 1857 Dred Scott decision that declared African Americans couldn’t be citizens.
The vote expected Wednesday comes as communities nationwide re-examine the people memorialized with statues.
There’s at least one potentially surprising vote for Taney to stay. Scott’s great-great-granddaughter, Lynne M. Jackson, says if it were up to her, she’d leave Taney’s bust where it is. But she says she’d add a bust of Dred Scott.