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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Jalen Rose of ESPN challenges people to stop referring to Mount Rushmore as such.
The phrase is typically used when listing the top four in a particular category.
The name Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which has statues of previous presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, was constructed on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
Because the monument was erected “on top of dead bodies” of Native Americans whose lands were appropriated, Rose wants the term to be canceled.
Can we use Mount Rushmore to retire? In a video he posted, Rose stated that “it should be upsetting to all of us, especially Native Americans, Indigenous people who were the first people here before Christopher Columbus.” “When it was discovered that the land contained gold, it was taken from them.
“And 25 years later, to make matters worse, four American presidents were added to what is now known as Mount Rushmore on top of the deceased people who are buried directly beneath. I therefore hereby demand that we cease using the word “Mount Rushmore” whether discussing our favorite athletes, movies, or rappers—I own this—and I also call upon you to do the same.
Rose contrasted the word to two past, deemed offensive, sports team names.
May 29, 2022, inside the FTX Arena in Miami, Florida, before Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs, ESPN commentator Jalen Rose speaks. NBAE via Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images
Why did Washington change its name from the Redskins, I hear you ask? I perform a show, and I went eight years without using that term,” he stated. “Because it is insulting. The Cleveland Indians, what about them? the same. Why was the name changed? Since it is offensive.
Before the 2020 season began, Washington dropped the moniker and played as the “Football Team” for two seasons before changing their identity to the Commanders this offseason. After the 2017 season, Cleveland’s baseball team discarded its moniker and changed their name to “Guardians.”
On June 5, 2022, at Chase Center in San Francisco, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose poses for a picture during Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. (Image: Mercedes Oliver/NBAE via Getty)
Mount Rushmore has received criticism from CNN for being a “monument honoring two slaveowners.” The memorial was created in 1927, and on October 15, 1966, it was included on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.