American Museum of Natural History, Columbus Day, Purging White History, Removal of Confederate Monuments, Ressentiment, The Left, Theodore Roosevelt
The Guardian reported last Fall that they were already protesting in New York to get rid of Teddy Roosevelt (and to rename Columbus Day).
Hundreds of activists gathered at the American Museum of Natural History on Monday to take down the â€œracistâ€ statue of Theodore Roosevelt and an urgent call to rename Columbus Day.
More than 200 people cheered outside the museum as activists covered the statue of Roosevelt on horseback flanked by an African American and Native American on either side and demanded it be ultimately removed.
â€œA stark embodiment of the white supremacy that Roosevelt himself espoused and promoted,â€ the group explained in a statement. â€œThe statue is seen as an affront to all who pass it on entering the museum, but especially to African and Native Americans.â€
Activists from the groups NYC Stands with Standing Rock and Decolonize This Place organized the protest to draw attention to the museumâ€™s encouragement of racist tropes, and implored New York City to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peopleâ€™s Day.