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DNC Deletes Tweet Suggesting Mount Rushmore is a Symbol of White Supremacy

The Democratic National Committee deleted a Twitter post on Tuesday that appeared to suggest Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy.

The tweet, which linked to a Guardian article, read, “Trump has disrespected Native communities time and again. He’s attempted to limit their voting rights and blocked critical pandemic relief. Now he’s holding a rally glorifying white supremacy at Mount Rushmore — a region once sacred to tribal communities.”

In the Guardian article, which compared Mouth Rushmore to Confederate statues, Oglala Lakota Tribe member Nick Tilsen was quoted as saying, “Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy, of structural racism that’s still alive and well in society today.”

“It’s an injustice to actively steal indigenous people’s land then carve the white faces of the conquerors who committed genocide,” Tilsen added.

President Donald Trump plans to hold an Independence Day celebration at the memorial, complete with fireworks, on July 3rd.

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by Anonymousreply 2307/03/2020

Stone Mountain in Georgia is a confederate monument, not Mount Rushmore.

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by Anonymousreply 106/30/2020

The Guardian used to be my go-to newspaper. Today it rarely publishes anything worth reading. The DNC should not be linking to it, period.

by Anonymousreply 206/30/2020

FFS.

by Anonymousreply 306/30/2020

It was carved on Latoka land by a KKK member. Plus, it's fucking tacky.

by Anonymousreply 407/03/2020

^ Lakota, I mean!

by Anonymousreply 507/03/2020

Not only that, but it also has a strong undercurrent of white nationalism. The four presidents were chosen very intentionally--Washington for being the first President, Jefferson for enabling Manifest Destiny and oppression of Native Americans with the Louisiana Purchase, Lincoln for preserving the Union, and Roosevelt for the Panama Canal uniting East and West. I don't really have a problem with Washington and Lincoln, but Roosevelt is a bit troubling, and Jefferson especially so.

by Anonymousreply 607/03/2020

Roosevelt founded the National Park System and broke up the huge corporate trusts, including Standard Oil.

by Anonymousreply 707/03/2020

Why would Roosevelt be troubling? The Panama Canal was a major economic advance. He also founded the national parks system and did a huge amount to preserve and conserve major American landscape.

We cannot run around damning and hiding every historic figure if they've got failings. Lincoln wouldn't stand. Washington wouldn't stand. No one would. Think sensibly. The benefit of failure is learning. The benefit of discussion is learning. The benefit of denial... is the truth of the matter never really goes away.

by Anonymousreply 807/03/2020

I would have less of a problem if, to use an old saw, there was some context to it. Mostly it's held up as this sterling example of American patriotism, while no one talk about it being blasted out of a sacred Lakota site.

It's the same thing about Monticello only recently acknowledging that Sally Hemings existed.

by Anonymousreply 907/03/2020

I don't think it plays to DNC's interests to drum up more symbols of hate. At some point, the backlash will be significant enough to threaten Biden's chances.

That said, yes, Rushmore is an abomination.

by Anonymousreply 1007/03/2020

You people are not keeping up. Teddy Roosevelt has been cancelled! ¨

Mount Rushmore - if I was a politician, I would avoid any positive or negative remarks about this place. Subject too touchy, you could never hit the right tone, nowadays. Trump is definitely using it in a "nationalist" way and his use of it is tacky and a dog whistle. He seems to believe there are really swell of his fans who want to add Trump's head to Rushmore.

As a private citizen, I consider Rushmore to be tacky, mostly harmless, and probably uncancellable postcard Americana, like Plymouth Rock. It's very easy to overlay a woke historicism on such places and may even be valid but it's not for my generation (over 50) to really get involved in this.

by Anonymousreply 1107/03/2020

Apropos of nothing, Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota is beautiful. My mom and I drove across the state a few years ago and I was very impressed. I always assumed ND was a great big ugly void.

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by Anonymousreply 1207/03/2020

“It’s an injustice to actively steal indigenous people’s land then carve the white faces of the conquerors who committed genocide,” Tilsen added.

Of course, the Lakota stole that land from the massacred Crow, Blackfoot, and Nez Perce some centuries before....

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by Anonymousreply 1407/03/2020

FDR speaks at the dedication of Mt Rushmore, predicting future Americans would look at the sculptures and give prior generations "the benefit of the doubt"

FDR did not foresee the American Taliban.

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by Anonymousreply 1507/03/2020

Every single plot of earth that we call ours today was once someone else’s land. We can’t possibly ask for receipts on everything for the rest of our lives and demand that we right every wrong committed by our ancestors. We can only learn from the past to better our future.

by Anonymousreply 1607/03/2020

Oh, Mount Rushmore is suddenly a symbol of white supremacy? It wasn't during the Obama years, clearly, or the DNC would have addressed this urgent moral issue then.

Every tone-deaf, useless tweet like this probably wins a vote or two more for Trump. What the hell are they thinking at the DNC?

by Anonymousreply 1707/03/2020

R17 Nobody on twitter is a swing voter anyway. I suspect this, just like Trump's recent white power retweet, was a planned "tweet and delete" to appeal to the fringe while being able to maintain plausible deniability about appealing to the fringe.

by Anonymousreply 1807/03/2020

They will soon take all founding fathers off of our money and only black people will be acceptable

by Anonymousreply 1907/03/2020

Typhoid Mary was a victim of WASP capitalist hegemony. She can go into the Jefferson Memorial when they remove his statue. It will be called the MARY! Memorial

by Anonymousreply 2007/03/2020

^ Oh, I wish!

There's a plaaaaaaaaaaaaaace for usssssss.... somewhere...

by Anonymousreply 2107/03/2020

They need to shut up and let Trump sink himself.

by Anonymousreply 2207/03/2020

Considering that 2 of the men carved on Mt. Rushmore were slave owners, and one of them bred with his slaves, and the carving was done by a known KKK sympathizer and white supremacist, I don't think the DNC is all that wrong.

by Anonymousreply 2307/03/2020
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