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Guest column: Let's reconsider Justice Taney's statue

Guest column: Let's reconsider Justice Taney's statue

When I first learned of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's call for bringing down her state capitol's Confederate flag as a response to the massacre of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, I was incensed. I felt that something far more substantive was required to finally drive a long overdue stake into the heart of racism in the United States. Upon reflection, I've come to agree that retiring battle flags of a lost war fought for secession and slavery from state house grounds is more than an empty gesture. Symbols do matter. Just as the swastika flag of Nazi Germany arouses the animus of those harboring horrific memories of concentration camps...

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