In new York city dismantled a monument to Theodore Roosevelt
Equestrian monument to former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt at the entrance to the American Museum of natural history in new York decided to dismantle it, reports the New York Times, citing the statement of the President of the institution and the city authorities.
A bronze monument to the American President who was in power from 1901 to 1909, was erected in 1940. The monument consists of three main elements: Roosevelt sitting astride a horse near a horse on one side is Indian, the other African.
The newspaper notes that the decision on removing the monument took the Museum, as agreed, the authorities of new York, which owns the rights to it. Activists objected to that monument for many years. He became, as many believe, a symbol of colonial expansion and racial discrimination, the newspaper notes. The decision to dismantle the statue was made against the backdrop of protests against racism. The Museum has always defended and preserved these objects of the past, despite the fact that they could be "extremely ambiguous", says the newspaper.
"The growing movement for racial justice, which arose after the murder of George Floyd, last week moved to the Museum community. We watched as the country and the world are increasingly paying attention to the monuments, these destructive and powerful symbols of systemic racism...simply put, it's time (monument Roosevelt – ed.) to remove", - told the newspaper the President of the Museum Ellen Fatter.
However, she assured that the Museum has nothing against the Roosevelt. In honor of the former American President, which is closely connected with the history of the Museum, decided to name the Hall of Biodiversity.
In his statement, the mayor of new York bill di Blasio noted that the Museum was asked to remove the equestrian statue of Roosevelt, as the colored and Indian are presented as if they were "enslaved and racially inferior". Grandson of Roosevelt, who is a Trustee of the Museum, released a statement in which he approved the removal of the monument.
"The world doesn't need monuments, antiquities left over from the last century that do not reflect neither human values and achievements which they want to celebrate, nor the values of equality and justice", - quotes the statement of Theodore Roosevelt IV to the newspaper.
Sources told the publication that the fate of the monument after the dismantling still unknown, nobody knows what will stand in its place.
Across the United States amid protests after the death of the African-American George Floyd from the hands of the police began a spontaneous demolition of the monuments of the southerners during the Civil war. It also touched upon the statues of the discoverer of America Christopher Columbus, whose left-wing activists accused of genocide of the indigenous population of America.