The iconic statue of Teddy Roosevelt atop his horse that welcomed visitors to New York City’s famed Museum of Natural History was removed this week after activists accused the 26th president of promoting “colonialism.”
“The statue was meant to celebrate Theodore Roosevelt … as a devoted naturalist and author of works on natural history,” the museum website has said about the removal. “At the same time, the statue itself communicates a racial hierarchy that the Museum and members of the public have long found disturbing.”
“In June 2020, the museum announced it had the permission of New York City — along with the blessing of Roosevelt’s great-grandson — to remove the monument,” writes the Washington Post. “Statues have become lightning rods for passionate public debate over whom the United States chooses to honor in its public spaces and how it seeks to record its history.”
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