23 June, Kathmandu:
New York City announced Sunday it would remove a statue of former US President Theodore Roosevelt after a long criticism as a racist and colonialist symbol.
American Museum of Natural History was featuring the nation’s 26th President on a horse with a Native American man standing on one side and an African man standing on the other for 80 years. The roles of those two men have produced arguments and protests for years, as critics said they seemed to be a portrait of racial hierarchy and colonialism.
The decision comes with the United States followed by widespread protests and criticisms against racial inequality, shown by killing George Floyd , an unarmed black man in police custody. It is believed that the request was rose by the killing of George Floyd on May 25 and the demonstrations protesting racism that have followed.
A statue of President Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City will be removed, a statement from New York City Bill de Blasio’s office said on Sunday.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that he supports removing a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt that has been considered as a symbol of racism for decades. “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,” he said in a statement.
He also agreed that it was the right decision and right time to remove the statue.
“The statue has long been controversial because of the hierarchical composition that places one figure on horseback and the others walking alongside, and many of us find its depictions of the Native American and African figures and their placement in the monument racist,” the museum said.
Also, Roosevelt family members released a statement for the approval of removing the statue.
“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,” said Theodore Roosevelt’s great-grandson, aged 77.
But President Donald Trump was against it and he criticized the decision to remove the statue by tweeting: “Ridiculous, don’t do it!”