Teddy Roosevelt's great-grandson says remove the statue

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Last month, New York's Museum of Natural History announced that it's removing a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt that many find objectionable. It's a decision that has the full support of Mark Roosevelt, president of ST John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt. The subject Gatien of other races. By those of us of European origin. Is our nation's original sin. That sin began soon after our arrival on this continent and his bait tragic part of our history to this day. If we wish to live in harmony and equality. With people of other races. We should not maintain paternalistic statues, the depict Native Americans and African Americans in subordinate roles. A statue of my great grandfather. Eared our Roosevelt. In front of New York's Museum of Natural History does so that it is being taken down. Some argue that we should not erase our past and it's such statues, Khun B. Invitations to examine and civilly discuss complex issues. That is disingenuous. That is what books and classrooms therefore not monuments. Monuments are designed toe honor people and to keep those honorees and what they stood for alive in our collective memory. We're all of us in this country. Bound together by the tragedy of racial subject, Gatien and continuing violence and multiple other affronts to black Americans and other people of color. Those of us with power and influence who say we wish to do better are diminished. Fire stalled failed. And woefully insufficient attempts to actually do so. Those with power and influence who will not even acknowledge these wrongs. Are an embarrassment to the nation. If we wish to allow for historical nuance, and I do To continue to recognize Washington and Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt for their very really accomplishment. While also allowing that they like so many of us were complicity in our nation's original and ongoing sin. We must start by admitting that we've failed to acknowledge the depth of that sin. And immediately remove all memorials and statues honoring those who fought a civil war or otherwise worked to perpetuate that scent. And then we should get on with the desperately needed work of up roading, systemic racism wherever it is found.

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