Not content to be offended only by the present, some liberals are looking to the past as sources of offense and seek to rewrite history.
As reported by The Guardian, before successfully tearing down a number of Confederate statues and memorials, liberals have expressed a desire to tear down other historical figures. In 2016, they targeted a former president, Theodore Roosevelt.
Over 200 people showed up at the American Museum of Natural History to rally for the removal of the statue of Roosevelt, claiming it represented racism, according to a statement by the group. “A stark embodiment of the white supremacy that Roosevelt himself espoused and promoted. The statue is seen as an affront to all who pass it on entering the museum, but especially to African and Native Americans,” the statement read.
The group went on “tour” through the museum to point out a number of exhibits and artifacts they claimed were offensive. They claimed some Africans were supposedly portrayed stereotypically and an Islamic exhibit allegedly exploited Islam.
One of the organizers of the group, Nitasha Dhillon, said the museum promotes white supremacy. “It’s just to echo what this is, it’s really a hall of white supremacy, that’s what this is.”
After the “tours,” multiple organizers of the event took turns giving speeches voicing their offense at Roosevelt and Christopher Columbus. “Teddy Roosevelt’s nature was not empty wilderness. It was and is indigenous land, taken through violence. Just like Columbus who came to enslave. To take their gold and their bodies and their souls,” one speaker pontificated.
In addition to their rallying cry to tear down Roosevelt’s statue, protesters also wanted New York to recognize a new holiday to replace Columbus Day: Indigenous People’s Day.
The rationale for this is the supposed brutality and enslavement of the indigenous people by Columbus and his men. Regardless of the actuality of these claims (and that Columbus actually landed in the Bahamas), his discovery of the area would bring the European nations that brought war and disease to the indigenous people that some liberals believe Columbus Day celebrates.
Kandia Crazy Horse, a member of the movement to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Day, says the change is to oppose the “Columbus narrative.” “This is Indigenous People’s Day,” Crazy Horse said. “In celebrating this, we’re trying to see that New York City and the rest of Turtle Island [North America] ratify Indigenous People’s Day as an annual event that’s counter to the Christopher Columbus narrative and Columbus Day.”
At the time of this article, the Roosevelt statue remains in the Natural History Museum and Columbus Day is still celebrated in New York City, despite the efforts of these protesters. Yet with the mass removal of Confederate statues across the country, it does raise the question of how long it will be before the Left renews their efforts against Roosevelt and Columbus.
The New York Times reported that the city of Baltimore removed Confederate statues in the dead of night over concerns for public safety, following the Charlottesville violence. Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh stated in an interview, “The mayor has the right to protect her city. For me the statues represented pain, and not only did I want to protect my city from any more of that pain, I also wanted to protect my city from any violence that was occurring around the nation. We don’t need that in Baltimore.”
This is a far cry from when the former mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, allowed Black Lives Matter protesters to loot and burn large portions of the city after a perceived unjustified shooting of a black man.
The Left’s desire to remove anything that could potentially be considered offensive could result in America losing and forgetting its own history. Though there are dark elements to America’s history as a nation, creating a future ignorant of its own founding–and teaching children a censored version of history–would be far more damaging than anything a statue might do.