Trump refuses to remove a statue of Roosevelt in New York considered racist

United States President Donald Trump said Monday he opposed removing the imposing statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

The museum announced on Sunday its intention to remove this statue, amid protests against racism across the United States and the world after the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in police custody on May 25 in the United States.

The museum said it made the request to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and that he agreed amid national protests against racism and police brutality.

“As we strive to meet the passionate pursuit of racial justice for our institution, our city and our country, we believe that removing the statue will be a symbol of progress and our commitment to build and support an inclusive and equal museum community and a more open society,” Ellen Futter, president of the museum, said in a statement.

Teddy Roosevelt, who was the American President from 1901 to 1909, is considered one of the first American conservationists and naturalists.

But his bronze statue, which since the museum’s inauguration in 1940 presents him as powerful, on horseback, along with a black and an indigenous man flanking him on foot on either side, symbolizes for many colonialism and racial discrimination.

The mayor accepted the request to remove the imposing statue from the museum entrance located in Central Park West, according to the statement.

“The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the statue because it explicitly depicts blacks and indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior.” said De Blasio.

“It is the right decision and the right time to remove this troublesome statue,” added the mayor.

In this regard, Trump opined that “It is ridiculous. Do not do it,” in a message on Twitter.

Roosevelt’s great-grandson, Theodore Roosevelt IV, the museum’s trustee, agreed. “The world does not need statues, relics from another era, that do not reflect the values ​​of the person they want to honor or the values ​​of equality and justice,” he said in the same statement.

Protesters protesting racism across the United States have attacked statues of various historical figures, including the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus, portrayed for centuries as the “discoverer of America” ​​but now considered by many to be responsible for the indigenous genocide, in Richmond, Virginia; in Boston, Massachusetts; and in Miami, Florida.

Protesters also downed the only statue of a Confederate general, Albert Pike, in the capital of the United States on Friday night in an act that President Donald Trump considered a “disgrace” to the country.

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