House passes bill to remove Confederate, racist statues and busts

Posted on AllSides July 22nd, 2020
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A measure seeking to remove the bust of former Chief Justice Roger B. Taney — who wrote the majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision that said Black people were not U.S. citizens — along with racist and Confederate statues in the Capitol passed the House 305-113 Wednesday.

It is a legislative response to nationwide calls for statues that honor the country’s discriminatory past to be relocated from prominent locations.

The bill, introduced by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, would direct the Architect of the...

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