Leonard Koscianski’s opinion letter to the Washington Post, Toppling Monuments, Erasing History on August 19 left me scratching my head. Taney’s statue is not “an excellent example of public art” it is a grotesque symbol honoring a man who perpetuated the institution of slavery and led our country into civil war.
Statues are for heroes, Taney was no hero. He was an ugly stain on our American history. If a few people want to revere him they can get their inspiration from history books where his image belongs. Taney’s failed logic on the Dred Scott decision and his claim that blacks “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit” was the most grotesque and shameful court decision in American history. The man certainly did not deserve a place prominently seated on State House grounds.
I would suggest a better solution, let’s replace Koscianski and his failed logic as Vice Chair of Art for Annapolis. The meetings for his Commission are held at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center at 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis the 4th Tuesday of every month. Show up and voice your opinion to the Commission as to Koscianski’s suitability to serve the public good.
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