Today in problematic statues: Teddy Roosevelt. Why has the social justice set decided on him as their newest enemy? White supremacy, of course.
Protesters gathered at the American Museum of Natural History in New York to demand that a statue of him be removed, because he's the latest historical figure to be considered racist. The Guardian reports that activists covered the statue of Roosevelt on horseback, which also depicts an African American and native American, before a cheering crowd of 200-plus activists who obviously didn't have to be at work.
The two groups behind the protest, NYC Stands with Standing Rock and Decolonize This Place, released a statement, claiming the statue is:
“A stark embodiment of the white supremacy that Roosevelt himself espoused and promoted. The statue is seen as an affront to all who pass it on entering the museum, but especially to African and Native Americans."
The group took a tour of the museum with ten stops that highlighted white supremacy therein. “It’s just to echo what this is, it’s really a hall of white supremacy, that’s what this is,” said Nitasha Dhillon, one of the organizers.
“Teddy Roosevelt’s nature was not empty wilderness," another organizer said, as they took turns reading from a speech. "It was and is indigenous land, taken through violence. Just like Columbus who came to enslave. To take their gold and their bodies and their souls.”
What these activists forget is that every civilization in the history of the world has fought over land. With so many former leaders in the world, how did they settle on Roosevelt? Will we ever understand the mind of the social justice warrior? Even social justice warriors don't. In fact, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese are working on a Roosevelt biopic which will focus on the former president's conservation efforts. On land that, apparently, made him a giant racist for preserving.