aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Lincoln's Bible - how far we've come

I knew that Barack Obama was sworn in on the same Bible used to swear in Lincoln. But this morning I read this in Newsweek: "Lincoln was sworn in by the then Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney. This means that when Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office, Obama will lay his hand on the same Bible once used in a ceremony by the author of Dred Scott v. Sanford. ... Taney, in writing Dred Scott in 1857, concluded that blacks could never even be citizens. Taney ranted that blacks were "beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.""

Wow. Just ... wow.

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