Outcry & cheers as Teddy Roosevelt statue in NYC to be dismantled over ‘depicting black & indigenous people as racially inferior’
“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,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement on Sunday.
De Blasio noted that the city authorities sided with the museum, calling the idea to get rid of the “problematic” statue, “the right decision” at the “right time.” The NYC mayor was apparently referring to the Black Lives Matter protests, which have seen activists taking out their anger on statues they see as celebrating the legacy of racism.Also on rt.com Turning tables: Conservatives ‘call’ to cancel Yale for being named after slave trader
The museum said that it does not plan to ‘cancel’ Roosevelt altogether. After becoming president in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt, known as Teddy, championed the nation’s conservationist efforts, providing federal protection for over 230 million acres of public land. While his statue will be removed, the museum will seek to honor his legacy by naming one of the halls after him, the museum’s president, Ellen Futter, told the Times.
The statue’s looming removal has been backed by the 26th president’s descendant, Theodore Roosevelt IV, who heaped scorn on the statue, which was unveiled in 1940, saying it does not reflect his ancestor's values.
The announcement has triggered pushback as well as praise online.
Teddy Roosevelt has nothing to do with the Confederacy.None of this has to do with the Confederacy or racism.They want to rewrite America’s history.Soon they’ll be teaching that an androgynous, pansexual, gender-fluid humanoid named “Pat” was the first President.— Errol Webber For Congress (CA-37) (@ErrolWebber) June 21, 2020
Some cried foul over the move, noting that there are other historical figures far more deserving of the ‘honor’ of being knocked off their pedestals.
Again! And notice the pattern: No one is smashing FDR or LBJ statues even though they were far greater bigots than Teddy Roosevelt https://t.co/OqeUGiYiki— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 21, 2020
Others suggested that by removing the Roosevelt statue, the NYC authorities are taking a step down a slippery slope.
Now they’re removing a statue of Teddy Roosevelt.Remember when President Trump was mocked when he suggested removing statues and monuments was a slippery slope? https://t.co/Mjkwd1qbYA— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 21, 2020
“We have officially entered French Revolution territory. If the radical left mob takes full power the heads of statues will be replaced with the careers of those who dare counter them,” Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, the oldest conservative lobbying organization in the country, said.
So now Teddy Roosevelt will be taken down. We have officially entered French Revolution territory. If the radical left mob takes full power the heads of statues will be replaced w the careers of those who dare counter them.— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) June 21, 2020
US President Donald Trump, who earlier berated the “unhinged left wing mob” for “desecrating... our beautiful monuments,” spoke out in defense of the Roosevelt statue.
“Ridiculous, don’t do it!" he tweeted.
Some, however, said the decision, made amid ongoing protests, was long overdue.
I can remember walking by this statue as early as middle school and thinking “Wow, how has this not been replaced?” It’s not because it’s Teddy Roosevelt it’s because...well look at it https://t.co/sZSYnGRgE1— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) June 21, 2020
While the majority of early ‘victims’ of the protesters’ holy war on historical monuments were Confederate generals, the crusade has recently expanded to include figures such as the 18th US president, Ulysses S. Grant, who led the northern Union soldiers in the American Civil War and helped bring an end to slavery.
The Grant statue was toppled in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Juneteenth along with that of Francis Scott Key, the lyricist behind ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’.Also on rt.com ‘They hate America’: BLM protesters earn scorn for tearing down President Grant & national anthem lyricist statues
Both sculptures were defaced with graffiti, denouncing the men as “slave owners.” While that was true for Key, who owned multiple slaves, many netizens were baffled over the treatment of Grant. While the general did own one slave who he was given as a ‘gift’, he freed him shortly afterwards.
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