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The inkwell that changed legal history | Darn Wright


Last updated 2/9/2022 at 3pm

As we open the books during Black History Month, one cannot but be distraught when we review two Supreme Court pro-White supremacy laws.

The first in March 1857, when the Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) chief justice put his steel-pointed pen into his inkwell and, with the support of six other bigoted justices, sanctioned the Dred Scott v. John F. A. Sandford case, meaning the U.S. would remain an apartheid country.

Background: John Emerson took his slave, Dred Scott, to a proslavery territory. After the two returned to Missouri, and after Emerson died, Scott sued his Emerson’s widow on the...

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