Commonwealth Policy Center

A statue of Teddy Roosevelt has recently been removed from the outside the Museum of Natural History in New York City. The statue featured Roosevelt on a horse with an Indian and a black man following behind. The museum called for the removal of the statue and said in a statement that “the statue was meant to celebrate Theodore Roosevelt … as a devoted naturalist and author of works on natural history. [But,] at the same time, the statue itself communicates a racial hierarchy that the Museum and members of the public have long found disturbing.” Teddy Roosevelt was the 26th president of the U.S., a veteran, naturalist, and the driving force behind the conservation movement in the U.S. Roosevelt had his faults to be certain. But when most look at the statue, they don’t see racial hierarchy. Instead, one sees a significant presidential leader who shaped our history.