Officials in New York City have announced that the statue of President Theodore Roosevelt that stands in front of the American Museum of Natural History will be removed, citing claims that the statue embodies themes of colonial expansion and racial discrimination.

The statue has stood outside the Museum’s main Central Park West entrance for 80 years. It depicts Roosevelt on horseback with a Native American man and an African man standing on either side of the horse.

“The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because¬†it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior. It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue,” read a statement from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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