"Our Black History Need Not Ever Be A Black Mystery"
Dred Scott Decision A Stain on Freedom/Democracy in America
On this day March 6, 1857, The Supreme Court, under the stewardship of Chief Justice Roger Taney issued the most hideous decision in the history of that supposed august body. They proclaimed that a black person had absolutely no rights to which a white man had to honor, respect, or care about. This decision based it's premise that since the black person had no rights of human-hood at the inception of the Constitution in 1787, therefore, they were no less than property in 1857. Chief Justice Roger Taney was a former law partner of Francis Scott Key the writer of the Star Spangled Banner. This god awful decision was the reason enough to maintain a sense of white supremacy for at least another 107 years and it took a Civil War, 3 constitutional amendments, 1 additional Supreme Court decision in 1955 and the Civil Rights Bills of 1964, and the Voting Rights to lessen and mitigate the pain that was suffered as a result of the Dred Scott decision. The effects of the Dred Scott decision are still evident in our society today. That's why it is so important for our community to be literate and knowledgeable about our own history. So that we as a community to defend against any judicial efforts of the courts or government to attempt to turn back the clock on any gains/progress we have attained over the course of history.