A monument to Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President from 1901 to 1909, will be dismantled. A proposal was made by American Museum of natural history in new York, in front of which is a monument. City hall welcomed the initiative, writes the New York Times.”Over the past few weeks, our Museum community was deeply touched growing movement for racial justice, which arose after the murder of George Floyd. We observe that an increasing attention in the world and in the United States is drawn to the statue as a powerful and harmful characters of systemic racism,” said Museum President Ellen Fatter. She said that the decision of the Museum is not connected with the personality of Theodore Roosevelt, and “hierarchical arrangement” of the monument itself. In the center of the monument is the President sitting on a horse, and the two sides of it on foot are the Indian and the African. After the dismantling of the monument in honor of Mr. Roosevelt’s plan to name a room of the Museum is devoted to the issues of biological diversity.The city authorities offer Museum support. As stated by the mayor of new York bill de Blasio is the “right decision and right time to remove this problematic statue.” He noted that the monument “depicts blacks and indigenous people (North America.— “B”) as enslaved and racially inferior”.Earlier in new Jersey, the local authorities demolished the monument to the discoverer of America Christopher Columbus in a city Park. The struggle against monuments of political figures of the past began in the United States amid mass protests over the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis. The man died after police detention.About anti-monuments in the world — in the material “Kommersant” “the Desecration on racial grounds”.
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