Beginning at 12pm on Sunday, June 28th, a protest against the removal of the Theodore Roosevelt statue took place in front of the American Museum of Natural History.
The New York Young Republican Group organized the protest through Eventbrite, with a flyer which read “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore,” encouraging others to “join your fellow patriots in front of the statue.”
Protesters demanding Teddy Roosevelt statue not to be removed in #NYC at the American Museum of Natural history. Stay tuned for updates pic.twitter.com/tB30wWsPFE
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) June 28, 2020
In addition, other objectors of the statue’s removal recently launched a petition on change.org.
The AMNH recently expressed its plans to remove the statue, stating that “The Statue has long been controversial because of the hierarchical composition that places one figure on horseback and the others walking alongside, and many of us find its depictions of the Native American and African figures and their placement in the monument racist.”
The Equestrian Statue in front of the Museum has long been controversial for the racial hierarchy it depicts. The Museum has asked that it be moved. More: https://t.co/3hgIWe0fqu pic.twitter.com/m99Bl1EEFT
— American Museum of Natural History (@AMNH) June 21, 2020
In 2019, the AMNH also introduced an exhibit about the controversial statue, which you can read more about here.
SORRY FOR TYPOS very bad eyesight:/(
Sent to museum today :::
I’m not agreed with remiving Teddy Roosevelt statue.
Nobody asked me—its a public monument and lots if us like it but we were not consulted.
Only simplistic minds would call it “hierarchical” in a racist sense . Teddy is the Presudent and supported the Museum. Its naturL he be the central figure in this art.
The two otherv figures hold his guns and are part of the group because they represent other races who had a stake in America and its natural lands. They are not in subservient positions but in unity. Both handsome figures on foot were also known as hunters and/or naturalists.
Its very well made and artistic and has been a joy to observe mornings when I walk by for many years.
It serves to educate on many levels and should remain where it is.
Im not the only one who doesnt see it as offensive but as an interesting historical monument offering a perspective on the past, both positive and negative at once since no man and no era and no race is entirely one or the other.
The move to show only perfect ideas is reminiscent of the Maoist cultural revolution epidemic of wanton destruction, all explained very intelligently in his little red book.
My international friends and students if differing races agree with my statement They do not see racism or anything iffensive but find it interesting and are unhappy with its remival as they learned from it and think its well designed, beautiful and site specific in a way no replacement could ever be.
I am renouncing my museum membership and will avoid the area from now on.
Kindly copy/firward to Administration, especially Ms. Futter, as your website is not transparent on contact information for Admin and Trustees.
Anyone who has ever studied Sociology or Psychology, knows that we are a social group of people who look to leaders. This has nothing to do with race or intelligence or wealth, simply … we need someone to lead and others to follow. It never occurred to me that the two figures on the side of the horse were subservient in any way, simply representing “the people” without whom the leader would not exist. This is a powerful piece of art that honors a leader in our society, I would gladly be a model for “the other white guy” in support of “we the people”, even though I will never be President or Governor, I still stand for ideals and progress, as did he.
Put it in the basement. It is shocking and highly offensive to see this statue upon entering the museum. News flash to the New York Young Republican’s who staged the protest – Republicans have proven themselves to be the party of racists and has no credibility in this matter.