Don't erase the past – learn from it

Monday, July 6, 2020
Chad Groening (

Roosevelt Equestrian StatuteThe leader of a group of young Republicans says attempts by protesters to erase America's past, arguing it will make for a better future, are reminiscent of what happens "in tyrannical regimes."

Last week, members of New York Young Republicans Club stood outside the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to voice their anger and opposition to the decision to move a statue of U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt riding on a horse. Standing proudly alongside Roosevelt are an American Indian and a black man.

In a press release requesting the statute be moved, the museum contends that it:

"… has long been controversial because of the hierarchical composition that places one figure on horseback and the others walking alongside …. Many of us find its depictions of the Native American and African figures and their placement in the monument racist …. We recognize that more work is needed to better understand not only the statue but our own history."

Gavin Wax is president of the New York Young Republicans Club. During a recent appearance on Fox News, he claimed that the silent majority wants to stand up and defend their country.

"We are sick and tired of watching our national history and our traditions be erased and destroyed while lawlessness and barbarism seep onto our streets from this leftist woke mob," said Wax. "Over 200 patriots came out to this protest – working class New Yorkers from all walks of life."

Wax says that group of people work hard, pay their taxes, and love their country. "And what do they get in return from their political class?" he asked rhetorically: "A whole lot of empty promises and cowardice in the face of this national assault on our values."

New York City's mayor, Bill de Blasio, also weighed in on the plan to move the Theodore Roosevelt Equestrian Statue, describing it as "problematic" and "explicitly depict[ing] Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior."

The statue has stood in front of the museum for 80 years.

According to Wax, there's a backlash "against all those who seek to police our thoughts, silence our speech, and erase our history – and the working class of this country, the people who keep this country running, are standing up and saying enough is enough."

But Wax admitted he's encouraged by a poll from the Young America's Foundation that found that 78% of America's youth have a favorable opinion of the United States, and 82% have a favorable opinion of the American flag.


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