ESPN analyst Jalen Rose took aim at one of America’s most enduring and beloved symbols when he called for the cancelation of Mount Rushmore as a reference to greatness, suggesting that the iconic South Dakota monument is racist and saying that it was built “on top of dead bodies” of Native Americans.
In a rant posted to social media, the “woke” former NBA star compared the majestic sculpture of four of the nation’s greatest presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt who are carved into the granite face of the mountain, to the two historic professional sports franchises that have caved to the cultural cleansers and changed their “offensive” nicknames.
“Why do you think Washington changed their name from Redskins? I do a show and didn’t say that word for eight years and my cohost David Jacoby, we both said ‘they’re gonna change the name one day,” Rose began. “Why? Because it’s offensive. What about the Cleveland Indians? Same thing. Why did they change the name? Because it’s offensive.”
“Can we retire using ‘Mount Rushmore?” Rose asked of his followers, “That should be offensive to all of us, especially Native Americans, indigenous people who were the first people here before Christopher Columbus, that land was stolen from them when it was discovered that it contained gold.”
“And 25 years later, to add insult to injury, four American presidents were put on what we call Mount Rushmore on the top of the dead bodies that is buried right underneath,” he added.
Here's why using Mount Rushmore to define greatness should be retired immediately. pic.twitter.com/mtYYTtKFSa
— Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) August 3, 2022
“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,” he said. “I know you gonna see this video, and I know you gonna take action.”
Twitter users reacted to the latest in an ever-growing collection of idiotic statements by Rose.
Here's why Jalen Rose has the IQ of a cantaloupe: https://t.co/CxlLRMCHrU
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 5, 2022
As a Native American myself, I never heard my dad or Grandparents, aunts, uncles, great aunts & uncles, or any other relative ever have a problem with the teams you mentioned. So basically you as a non-Native American can shut up about it, fight your own battles of victimhood.
— Tim clark (@tim_tclark) August 5, 2022
Jalen Rose is on the Mt Rushmore of sports broadcasters who give idiotic opinions on things outside of sports – Jemelle Hill, him, Max Kellerman, and one more…
— Linton Phillips (@LintonPhillips) August 6, 2022
Go pound salt Jalen. You made it in this country, you’re living a dream because of all those before you. Be thankful for what you have and all you can do. Our history created you and all the opportunities we have today. You don’t like it, go somewhere else.
— JZ (@JZ41008219) August 6, 2022
Net worth around 50 mil owns a bunch of “stolen land” he should donate all the real estate he owns its offensive.
— MillyDean (@Millerdean18) August 3, 2022
Here’s a random idea, you could stop being offended by everything. Stop trying to deface and destroy monuments. The reason you don’t like Mount Rush towards finding greatness is cuz you were a bum in the nba. And nobody puts you on their Mount Rushmore of anything lmao.
— Ahearn (@Ahearn16940896) August 6, 2022
Jalen Rose is at the ONLY network in the WORLD that would even give this nonsense any air time.
— Tim Whitcomb (@WhitcombTim) August 5, 2022
Really Jalen…take a stand for something that truly matters. Fight hunger, crime, drug addiction, homelessness, better education….the list is long and there’s no damn Mt. Rushmore on it.
— Michael Lake (@mjlake) August 5, 2022
ESPN – a network that once focused exclusively on sports content – was at the forefront of the pressure campaign that was ultimately successful in forcing the D.C. NFL franchise to change its “racist” nickname to Commanders, the team had been known by its former name since it was the Boston Redskins, before relocating to the nation’s capital in 1937.
Similarly, the Cleveland Indians who bore their own “offensive” nickname of Indians since 1915, made the change before the current MLB season, three years after the scalping of the beloved mascot “Chief Wahoo” who was banished in 2019.
Mount Rushmore is perhaps the mother of all monuments that are hated by the statue-toppling, leftist cultural revolutionaries and may itself one day be canceled if Democrats are able to cement their one-party rule in perpetuity.
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