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Cancelling Racist Statues is Good, Actually

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This is a good lede:

The bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt, on horseback and flanked by a Native American man and an African man, which has presided over the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1940, is coming down.

The decision, proposed by the museum and agreed to by New York City, which owns the building and property, came after years of objections from activists and at a time when the killing of George Floyd has initiated an urgent nationwide conversation about racism.

For many, the “Equestrian” statue at the museum’s Central Park West entrance had come to symbolize a painful legacy of colonial expansion and racial discrimination.

“Over the last few weeks, our museum community has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd,” the museum’s president, Ellen V. Futter, said in an interview. “We have watched as the attention of the world and the country has increasingly turned to statues as powerful and hurtful symbols of systemic racism.

I’m sure Stephens, Weiss and Brooks are rushing to be the first to rush a “THEY’RE CANCELLING TEDDY ROOSEVELT!!!!!” take into print, but you really do need to look at the statue first. This was as long overdue as getting rid of racist food labels whatever you think of TR’s legacy.

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