ESPN analyst and former NBA player Jalen Rose launched a new campaign to cancel Mr. Rushmore for saying the name “Attack” to all Americans.
Rose posted a video on social media insisting that the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Indians gave up their Native American names and photos because they were “offensive.”
Then he said he had a new piece of US history that he thought should be abolished: Mount Rushmore.
“I want to keep challenging myself and challenge you to do something,” Rose said in his Twitter video. Can we retire using Mount Rushmore?
“That must have been offensive to all of us, especially Native Americans,” Rose stated.
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“The aborigines, who were the first people here before Christopher Columbus. Their land was stolen from them when it was discovered to contain gold,” Rose continued.
And 25 years later – to make matters worse – four American presidents were placed on what we call Mount Rushmore. On top of the corpses buried directly below it.”
So, I’m inviting you—and for me, I’m in this too—let’s stop using the term Mt.Rushmore, he concluded, “When we talk about our favorite rappers, we talk about our favorite movies, we talk about our favorite guys.”
“I know you will watch this video and I know you will take action,” he said.
It was not clear if Rose was figuratively speaking about the faces of the four presidents carved “atop the bodies” of Native Americans. Or if he mistakenly believed Mount Rushmore to be a type of burial ground. But no one was buried on the mountain or directly below the sculptures.
In fact, the mountain, originally called Tunkasila Sakpe Paha, or Six Ancestral Mountain, by the Lakota tribe, was used as a church where they went to pray to the gods, not as a tomb.
But after gold was discovered in the Black Hills, the US government annexed the mountain in 1877. In 1884, New York Attorney General Charles Rushmore set up a tin mine near the mountain. Then it was renamed in his honor. Then, by 1924, he began making grand plans to sculpt the faces of several American presidents into his edifice, on which work did not begin until 1938. Finally, completion of the work was announced on October 31, 1941, with George’s views. Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln stare at the landscape.
With that, Galen Rose decided to erase everything.