Frederick city and the state of Maryland have gone crazy and the inmates are running the asylum. This frenzy of removing anything that even hints of slavery or the Confederacy has got to stop. Yes, we are rewriting history when we want to remove the Roger Brooke Taney bust from city hall grounds and hide it in a museum somewhere. This is history. We can not change history nor can we rewrite it. As Michael Powell stated (“Community weighs in on Taney statue relocation,” Aug. 13), removing the statue would be deleting Taney from city history. Are we going to rename Taney Avenue or any other places named for the chief justice?
History is there to teach us. By removing the bust we are missing an opportunity to teach people that we have come a long way from the Dred Scott decision. As was stated by Lois Noffsinger Spurrier, Taney was a “judicial purist.” He followed the law and interpreted it as it was written. He did not make the law, he only enforced the law of the time. So if we remove him, we must remove our Founding Fathers rom places of prominence. They wrote the laws.
I write this from Hagerstown (I grew up in Frederick County), a city surrounded by and steeped in Civil War history. The Civil War happened and so did slavery; that will never change. It can’t be changed. As I stated, history teaches us. If we hide it and don’t mention it, it is still there and we will be doomed to repeat it.