Decolonize This Museum – Anti-Columbus Day Tour 2017

For the second year in a row, the collective Decolonize This Place has organized an “Anti-Columbus Day Tour” at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The organizers called for the removal of the white supremacist statue in front of the museum (which depicts President Theodore Roosevelt riding a horse close and stereotypical depictions of Native American and African American people), to rename the Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, and to “respect the ancestors”. The event was a shift from the usual October 9th celebration: rather than honoring the Italian navigator who “discovered” America, it was a commemoration of the people that were exterminated because of his arrival, a celebration of their identity and resistance.