Thursday, January 27, 2022

Re: Offensive picture of Roosevelt on Horseback

On Thu, Jan 27, 2022 at 1:23 PM Larry wrote:

Maybe instead of removing the statue of roosevelt at the museum of natural history (that his father helped found), because it had an American-Indian and African-American standing next to him....they should just remove the American-Indian and African-American standing next to him.

Looking at the statue, it is hard to know the intent of the person making it.  I could see where somebody might think that it was racist.  Looking at the other sculptures of James Earle Fraser, I don't see racist intent.  If anything, he was very supportive of Native Americans.

I don't agree with the relocation of the statue.  We have turned into a society of naval gazers.

The other question I have is whether the statue is historically accurate?  I know for a fact that Teddy Roosevelt fought alongside Black soldiers in the Spanish American War.

Some of these wars that the United States was involved in were pretty questionable.  Teddy Roosevelt comes across as a brash character, but there is no question that he is an important historical figure.


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