New York to remove statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt

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The City of New York will remove a statue of the 26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt from its location in the middle of Manhattan, because of his views deemed colonialist and racist.

This decision comes as the United States, after the death of George Floyd, is in full examination of the issue of racism and has reopened the debate around monuments celebrating the slavery heritage of the country.

The bronze statue of Teddy Roosevelt, which has welcomed visitors to the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History for 80 years, shows the former president, who was governor of New York State before entering the House White, seated on a horse and overlooking a black man and a Native American walking beside her.

New York City has responded positively to the museum’s request to remove this statue, which “Explicitly represents blacks and Native Americans as subjugated and racially inferior”, explained its mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement.

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