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Jalen Rose, ESPN’s Head of Sports, is asking people to stop calling it “Mount Rushmore.”
This term is used to identify the four most important in a particular category.
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is located on Mount Rushmore, South Dakota. It features former presidents George Washington (Thomas Jefferson), Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
Rose would like to end the term, as the monument was built “on the top of dead bodies” from Native Americans whose land they had taken.
“Can we retire using ‘Mount Rushmore?’ Rose posted a tweet about the video. Rose tweeted, “That land was taken from them when it was discovered it contained gold.
“And 25 years later to add insult to injury,” four American presidents were placed on what we call Mount Rushmore, on top of the bodies that are buried underneath. So, I call for you and for myself — I’m owning this, too — let’s stop using the term ‘Mount Rushmore’ when we’re talking about our favorite rappers, talking about our favorite movies, talking about our favorite players.”
Rose compared Rose to two names that were offensively used in the past for sports franchises.
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“Why would Washington change their name from Redskins to Washington?” He stated that he did a show, but he hadn’t said the word for eighteen years. “Because it’s offensive. What about the Cleveland Indians, though? The same thing. Why did they change their name? It’s offensive.”
Washington dropped the name and became the “Football Team”, before changing it to the Commanders in the offseason. After last season, Cleveland’s baseball team changed its name to the “Guardians.”
CNN has been critical of Mount Rushmore, calling it a “monument of two slaveowners.” Built in 1927, the memorial was added to U.S. National Register of Historic Places October 15, 1966.
Source: Fox News