The subjugation of other races by those of us of European origin is our nation’s original sin. That sin began soon after our arrival on this continent, was written into our founding documents, and has been a tragic part of our history to this day.
Recognition of that history and its many monstrous cruelties is essential to moving our nation forward and to healing so many wounds.
If we wish to live in harmony and equality with people of other races, we should not maintain paternalistic statues that depict Native Americans and African Americans in subordinate roles.
The statue of Theodore Roosevelt, my great-grandfather, in front of New York’s Museum of Natural History, does so, and.