Former National Basketball Association (NBA) Star and current ESPN commentator Jalen Rose went on an unhinged rant earlier this week about the use of the phrase “Mount Rushmore” in pop culture and sports debates, saying it should be phased out entirety.
“Why do you think Washington [the NFL Team] changed their name from Redskins?” Rose said in a viral tweet. “I’d do a show, didn’t say that word for eight years, and my co-host David Jacoby, we both said ‘they’re gonna change the name one day.’ Why? Because it’s offensive. What about the Cleveland Indians? Same thing. Why did they change the name? Because it’s offensive.”
Rather than attacking the significant overstepping of cancel culture, Rose decided to double down on the issue.
“So, I want to continue to challenge myself and to challenge you to do something. Can we retire using Mount Rushmore? That should be offensive to all of us, especially Native Americans, the indigenous people.” Rose argued. “Who are the first people here before Christopher Columbus. That land was stolen from them, when it was discovered that it contained gold. And twenty-five years later, to add insult to injury, four American Presidents were put on what we call ‘Mount Rushmore’ or the top of the dead bodies that is buried right underneath.”
Rose ended his rant by saying, “So I call for you and for myself … let’s stop using the term ‘Mount Rushmore’ when we are talking about our favorite rappers, talking about our favorite movies, we talking about our favorite players.”
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“Mount Rushmore lists,” exist in all types of sports, with the objective being to list the four greatest players of all time, the four greatest players at a position, or any number of superlative rankings. There’s nothing racial or offensive about it. That didn’t stop Rose from making a spectacle of himself.
And if Rose was speaking literally about Mount Rushmore being built on top of dead bodies, he would be sorely mistaken.
“It was unclear if Rose was speaking metaphorically about the faces of the four presidents carved ‘on top of the dead bodies’ of Native Americans. Or if he mistakenly thinks Mt. Rushmore is some sort of burial ground. But no one is buried on the mountain or immediately below the carving,” Breitbart reported.
“Indeed, the mountain, originally called Tunkasila Sakpe Paha, or Six Grandfathers Mountain, by the Lakota tribe, was used as a sort of church where they went to pray to the gods, not as a burial ground.”
It is appalling an NBA star would speak with such confidence on something he evidently hasn’t even studied up on.
We expect nothing less from the modern woke left though. In America now, up is down. Down is up — but make no mistake. Cancel culture is sick, and the party that embraces it, as evidenced by the state of the country today, isn’t much better. Remember these rants come November, and which side emboldened and legitimized them, to the further detriment of the nation.
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