A statue of President Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City will be removed over racism concerns, a statement from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office said.
Protesters across the country have toppled or tried to topple statues depicting Confederate leaders, conquistadors and other "hurtful symbols" of racism, the museum said. America is changing history. De Blasio said it was "the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue." "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," de Blasio's office said. No date has been set for the removal and where it would go.
The statue, titled "Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt" was commissioned in 1925 and made its debut in 1940 as part of the state's larger memorial to Roosevelt. „Such an effort does not excuse the past but it can create a foundation for honest, respectful, open dialogue," it was said. President Trump is not supporting the removal. "Ridiculous, don't do it!" Trump wrote on Twitter.