NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The statue of Theodore Roosevelt outside of the Museum of Natural History is coming down.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday the city supports the museum’s request to remove it because it “depicts black and indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior.”READ MORE: Broadway Theaters Can Reopen At 100% Capacity On Sept. 14, Gov. Cuomo Says
The statue shows Roosevelt on a horse, with a Native American man and an African man on his sides.READ MORE: Car Thieves Increasingly Burglarizing Union County Homes For Key Fobs Left In Plain View Near The Door
Many had argued it symbolizes colonial expansion and racial discrimination.Young Fencers Chasing Their Olympic Dreams At New Jersey's Advance Fencing And Fitness Academy
The museum’s president told the New York Times the decision to remove the statue comes amid the movement for racial justice.