Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the presence of "racist" statues, the American Museum of Natural History has come forward to announce the removal of one of their most prolific monuments.

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2020 is the year of change.

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The Black Lives Matter movement is more prominent than ever before as people finally take a stand against the blatant racism occurring all over the world.

But recently, the most popular method of getting the message across has been stirring up an awful lot of controversy.

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Throughout the last couple of weeks, the vandalism and destruction of statues of historic figures with questionably racist roots has become the favorite method of communication for protestors.

Tearing down the statues of slave traders and other controversial figures is the latest trend of 2020.

And it all started across the pond in the UK. A video went viral of protesters tearing down a statue of 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston and tossing it into a nearby river.

Colston was a slave trader.

And he is thought to have trafficked as many as 84,000 African men, women, and children, with an estimated 19,000 dying on their journey to the Caribbean and America.

And then, a statue of former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, became the next victim to vandalism.

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Despite Churchill being celebrated for the role he played in carrying his country through World War Two, his history with racism is incredibly problematic, and he is credited for the death of millions of Kenyans and Indians.

And then, the trend reached the United States.

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A statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia was suddenly torn down and defaced - the monument was ninety-three years old and had been standing there to commemorate the Italian explorer.

Controversy has surrounded Columbus' name for many years now...

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His transatlantic voyages unlocked an entire continent for European colonization and turned the Italian explorer into a modern symbol of conquest and violence for native Americans.

It didn't take long for the protesters to completely dislodge the statue...

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And this is when things turned ugly.

The statue was set on fire and covered in graffiti...

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And protesters then dumped it in Richmond's Fountain lake as a final demand for justice.

And, in Portland, George Washington was ripped from his stand and set on fire.

In images captured by Garrison Davis, you can see the old statue has been defaced and vandalized before being set on fire along with a burning flag. In the end, the statue was dragged into a lake and left there to sink.

The majority of people online have spoken in favor of this movement...

And many believe that all statues of anyone affiliated with slavery and racism in any form should be torn down permanently.

But others haven't been too impressed.

Some people believe that tearing down these statues is "destroying history", and that we should be proud of what built this country. If racism and the death of minority groups is anything to be proud of...

Some have even labelled it as a "war on Western civilization."

How deluded and close-minded do you need to be, really?

Anyway, the debate rages on.

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But the most recent move in the world of problematic statues has created a whole new discussion altogether.

The American Museum of Natural History has decided to remove a prominent statue of theirs...

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And people are seriously divided.

Their statue of Theodore Roosevelt has been standing there since 1940...

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And they have now made the decision to finally bring it down. The monument shows Roosevelt on horseback while a Native American and an African man stand by his side. Ellen Futter, the museum's president said this: "[The] community has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd."

She continued:

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"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," Futter told the New York Times. "Simply put, the time has come to move it."

But who exactly was Theodore Roosevelt?

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Roosevelt was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909.

Yet, despite the good he did for this country, Roosevelt has long been considered as a symbol for racism.

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Last year, an op-ed was published by Clay Risen, who wrote that racism was “central to Roosevelt’s vision for America, and not just an artifact of his time and place". Historians also believe that Roosevelt was a supporter of eugenics, so much so that in 1905, he gave a speech where he attempted to push the narrative of the purported threats of “race suicide".

So, amid the current climate...

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It seems only right that the museum brings down the statue once and for all.

Now, the Mayor of New York wholly supports the idea to remove the statue and the racist ideology it represents.

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In a statement, he described why this was a move in the right direction saying: "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."

However, the news has been publically condemned by the President, Donald Trump.

Trump did what he does best and tweeted about the issue, calling it "ridiculous."

And, unbelievably, others agreed with him.

From this tweet, we can deduce that some people value Roosevelt's involvement in the park system development.

This user was pretty passionate about it, too.

But his opinion means less after seeing his follow-up comment...

Clearly, someone hasn't done their research...

Honestly, people should do some overall research before they make uninformed comments, but why would they want to? Of course, they wouldn't. But these statues being removed is a good thing. Now we can re-write history to make our country actually stand by its values. Keep scrolling to learn something new today...