PRESIDENT Donald Trump and several social media users have expressed disapproval of the American Museum of Natural History’s decision to remove a statue of Theodore Roosevelt.
The museum in New York announced the move on Sunday amid ongoing anti-racism protests nationwide and around the world following George Floyd’s death in police custody on May 25.
President Trump on Monday slammed the decision to remove a Theodore Roosevelt statue as ‘ridiculous’[/caption]
The Museum of Natural History announced the decision to remove the sculpture from its front entrance on Sunday[/caption]
“Ridiculous, don’t do it,” Trump tweeted on Monday.
The statue, which stands just outside the museum’s entrance, depicts the former US president on a horse with a Native American man and an African man standing beside him.
Roosevelt served as 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909.
Critics have said the sculpture symbolized racial discrimination and colonialism.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday that the city agreed with the museum’s decision to pull the statue because “it depicts black and indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior.”
Roosevelt’s 77-year-old great-grandson, Theodore Roosevelt IV, said he approved of the removal in a statement sent to the New York Times.
“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,” he said on Sunday.
Trump, a native New Yorker, tweeted his disapproval of the museum’s decision[/caption]
Trump speaks in front of a Teddy Roosevelt portrait at the White House[/caption]
But some social media users felt that the removal of the statue went too far.
“Finding it very hard to be outraged by this. I knew it was coming, and there’s nothing stopping it. Where’s your leverage America?” said David Reaboi.
“The people doing this couldn’t give a damn about what you think anyway.”
“I am a Democrat voting for @JoeBiden to save our country! DO NOT BRING THIS #ROOSEVELT STATUE DOEN! @BilldeBlasio I support all other confederate statues gone! NOT THIS ONE!” said Heredia Snow.
Others wondered whether Night at the Museum would be canceled as well – the late Robin Williams portrayed a life-sized version of the Roosevelt statue in the 2006 film.
“Better remove “A Night At The Museum” from streaming now too, then. My goodness me. We are in big trouble,” said Matthew Marsden.
“Have the Culture Jihadists called for “Night at the Museum” to be banned? #Teddy Roosevelt.”
Ellen Futter, the museum’s president, said the museum “has been profoundly moved” by the push for racial justice that has emerged since Floyd’s death.
“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,” she told the Times.
“Simply put, the time has come to move it.”
Anti-racism protesters in America and abroad have demanded that racial statues and symbols be removed as the world continues to reckon with racism.
The statue stands outside the museum in New York City and features a Native American man and African man standing beside a horseback Roosevelt[/caption]
The statue was vandalized and covered with a blood-like substance days before Halloween in 2017[/caption]
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Trump has decried the demonstrations, saying that participants have “vandalized” US history.
“The unhinged left-wing mob is trying to vandalize our history, desecrate our monuments – our beautiful monuments – tear down our statues and punish, cancel and persecute anyone who does not conform to their demands for absolute and total control,” he told supporters at a rally last week.
“We’re not conforming.”