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Respect, Rename, Remove!

whiteness Xatherin Gonzalez On Monday, Indigenous People’s Day, more than 200 people attended an activist-led Anti-Columbus Day Tour at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Artists and activists involved in a project called Decolonize This Place led a crowd into 10 of the museum’s exhibitions, where tour guides reframed many colonialist narratives. In their declaration, Decolonize This Place listed three demands as part of their tour: for the museum to respect those racially depicted in its exhibitions, for the museum to remove the Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt at its front entrance, and for Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day.
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