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The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is taking down an iconic statue of President Theodore Roosevelt that has stood outside the institution for some 80 years.
The timetable for its removal and to where it will be relocated has yet to be determined.
President Donald Trump described the decision as “ridiculous.”
Ridiculous, don’t do it! https://t.co/VYez8p9AJh
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
The statue situated at the Central Park West entrance to the famed building and property which are owned by New York City depicts the 26th president with a Native American and an African man on either side of the president, which critics claim evokes colonialism and racism.
Reasonable people, rather than woke mobs and vandals that are precipitating much of this activity in the emotionalism of the moment, can agree or disagree about whether erasing both the good and bad aspects of history makes any sense.
Museum President Ellen V. Futter told the New York Times, “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. We have watched as the attention of the world and the country has increasingly turned to statues as powerful and hurtful symbols of systemic racism. Simply put the time has come to move it.”
The museum plans to rename its Hall of Biodiversity, however, for Teddy Roosevelt in honor of his pioneering efforts on behalf of conservation.
Far-left New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had to give final approval, predictably supports the idea: “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. The City supports the Museum’s request. It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue.”
Even Roosevelt’s family agrees with the decision. “The composition of the Equestrian Statue does not reflect Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy. It is time to move the statue and move forward,” said Roosevelt’s great grandson.
Unlike New York City liberals, many on social media insist that the museum is making a big mistake by giving in to anti-education totalitarianism.
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!
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 22, 2020
— Guy Monzeglio (@GuyMonzeglio) June 22, 2020
Every statue that comes down represents the birth of a thousand new Trump voters.
Regular Americans are tired of having our entire history erased.
1984 was supposed to be a warning, but Democrats are using it as a guidebook!
— Spay & Neuter the Media (@k_ovfefe2) June 22, 2020
What’s next? The Statue of Liberty?
— Shelley G (@Shelley85781831) June 22, 2020
Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right pic.twitter.com/IU3V9gUWJm
— Damo Pelham🦈 (@DamoPelham) June 22, 2020
Teddy roosevelt was one of this country’s strongest leaders we ever had. He led by example and went out and fought a war with the rough riders. What he did with our national parks by preserving them for future generations is his greatest legacy. To erase that would be dreadful.
— Eric (@Eric51309019) June 22, 2020
Honestly, the left is the Taliban. It is attempting to erase history so it can rebuild it in its own image. The left is offering a totalitarian future.
— Slumbering Liberty (@SlumLiberty) June 22, 2020
Problematic? Gimme a break. This is out of hand and absolutely ridiculous. It’s a statue. It’s not hitting anyone as it stands there and looks out from those steps. It doesn’t move. It’s doesn’t shout. It doesn’t do anything but stand there.
— Jason Atha (@AthaJason) June 22, 2020
Thats a bad thing. Trying to rewrite history again and no one is thinking of the socialist overtones on all this next it will be our books.
— Diana Stoler (@StolerDiana) June 22, 2020
Decades from now, people will look back and rip down the Apple logo for enslaving an artificial intelligence (Siri) to answer all our questions.
AI will eventually have rights
WE CANNOT JUDGE THE PAST WITH CURRENT STANDARDS.
NOR SHOULD THE FUTURE JUDGE US WITH THEIR STANDARDS.
— Censored to Death (@screen_tan) June 22, 2020
They admit it. So the goal is to erase history. Can’t even have statues in or at a museum.
— Joe (@pharmdjoe) June 22, 2020
You cannot erase our History, the good or the bad, without doing irreparable harm. If a man doesn’t remember his history, he is doomed to repeat it ! That is why it is in the open, so people can know our history, otherwise, only those who can afford to go to a museum would see it
— Scarlett Butler (@CamalotFairytal) June 22, 2020
Removing Statues or renaming Places wont change history. History is to learn from mistakes and experiences.
— Tamilan-Indian (@thennatusingam) June 22, 2020
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