New York City’s American Museum of Natural History has successfully lobbied Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio to remove an 80-year-old bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt.
The statue will come down amid nationwide riots propelled by anarchists (RELATED: These States Are Prosecuting Rioters). The impetus for removing the iconic monument, you ask? An American Indian and a black man are walking alongside President Roosevelt on horseback. Activists claim the depiction implies Roosevelt is subjugating minorities.
Per WCBS 880 NEWSROOM:
“The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “The City supports the Museum’s request. It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue.”
The museum’s president, Ellen V. Futter, said in an interview that “the time has come to move it.”
“Over the last few weeks, our museum community has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd,” Futter said.
President Donald Trump reacted to the decision on Twitter writing, “Ridiculous, don’t do it!”
Ridiculous, don’t do it! https://t.co/VYez8p9AJh
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
Other “controversial” statues anarchists have desecrated/torn down in recent weeks under the guise of racial justice include those of George Washington, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln.