By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
The statue of former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt will be removed from the museum of natural history. This was reported by The New York Times on June 21. CBS New York called the statue “controversial.” The statue was deemed racist by the Museum of Natural History. It is deemed racist due to the fact that at the foot of the horse Roosevelt sits on in the statue, there stands an African American and a Native American. New Yorkers have referred to the statue as “horribly offensive.”
The museum’s president Ellen Futter addressed the museum’s move to remove the statue.
“As we strive to advance our institution’s, our city’s, and our country’s passionate quest for racial justice, we believe that removing the statue will be a symbol of progress and of our commitment to build and sustain an inclusive and equitable museum community and broader society,” said Futter, as she was quoted by CBS News York.
CBS New York likewise spoke with Theodore Rooesevelt IV, a descendant of President Roosevelt who represents the heritage of the Roosevelt family. Mr. Roosevelt is a current trustee at the Museum of Natural History.
“The world does not need statues, relics of another age, that reflect neither the values of the person they intend to honor nor the values of equality and justice. The composition of the Equestrian Statue does not reflect Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy. It is time to move the Statue and move forward,” said Mr. Roosevelt, as he was quoted by CBS New York.
President Trump reacted to the removal of the Roosevelt statue with criticism.
“Ridiculous, don’t do it!” said Trump in a tweet that was posted at 11:39pm on June 21. The tweet shared a story from The Washington Times recalling New York Mayor Bill deBlasio’s comments on the removal of the statue. deBlasio referred to the statue as “problematic.”
“How long until Democrats try to blow up Mount Rushmore because George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are all cancelled? You know it’s coming…Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He’s on Mount Rushmore. He once gave a speech for over an hour after being shot in the chest. Removing his statue is an assault on history. Our history is flawed just like all history but you can’t erase it!” said Starbuck in a series of tweets posted at 11:42 pm on June 21.
As debate continues over the statue’s presence in the city, CBS reports this is not the first time in the last few years it has drawn controversy. The statue was vandalized in 2017. It was decorated with fake blood. It was at approximately the same time that Mayor deBlasio conducted a public debate regarding “Symbols of Hate” in New York, also citing CBS.