MSNBC Dubs Mount Rushmore as a ‘Racist’ ‘Symbol of White Supremacy’

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According to MSNBC’s Katy Tur, President Trump’s July 3rd visit to Mount Rushmore is an example of racism and white supremacy. In a disgusting Wednesday afternoon interview with Oglala Lakota tribe member Nick Tilsen, MSNBC gave a platform to someone who legitimately believes the United States of America should give up this national monument in the name of racism.

Tur openly associated Mount Rushmore with the tearing down of statues across the country:

But his visit it coincides with the national reckoning over racism and the toppling of monuments linked to America’s prejudiced past. And according to many Native Americans and Native American activists, Mount Rushmore should be one of them.

How pathetic and offensive for Tur to insist that Mount Rushmore is a dedication to white supremacy. This is considering the fact that Abraham Lincoln, the president is responsible for freeing the slaves, is one of the four faces carved into the mountain.  

Tilsen brought this radical viewpoint on American history to life in this interview:

Well, Mount Rushmore is stolen land from Oglala Lakota indigenous people and it's a symbolizes of white supremacy and structural racism. They systematically stole this land from us as indigenous people and then carved the faces of white colonizers, four white men who were colonizers who contributed to the genocide of indigenous people. And so it’s one of the fundamental symbols of white supremacy in America. And the fact that the president is coming here to this place, with such deep history of racism shows one of the narratives he's perpetuate.

The narrative that Tilsen is poised was not only incorrect, but incredibly dangerous and vile. Of course MSNBC considers this platform well and good seeing how it is tainted in an anti-American sentiment.

Tilsen also demanded that Mount Rushmore must be given back to his tribe:

We think that, we believe that Mount Rushmore should be closed as a national monument. And it should be reverted back into the control of indigenous people and Lakota people of the territory for us to decide what we should do with it.

One of the biggest flaws in Tilsen’s ill-informed take on history was that the Oglala Lakota stole that land from a different Native American tribe, therefore rendering his “stolen land” argument problematic.

We're living in a time when condemning some of our greatest presidents is not only accepted, but encouraged. The leftist media are only concerned with further dividing our country instead of uniting us. Any rational person knows that Mount Rushmore is not a symbol of white supremacy, but the media will do anything and everything to make the public think otherwise. Anything to undercut a patriotic Independence Day display.

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MSNBC’s MSNBC Live

07/01/2020

2:54:06 PM

KATY TUR: President Trump plans to celebrate Independence Day weekend with a showy display at Mount Rushmore, the Friday event is slated to include fighter jets and the first fireworks display in South Dakota’s Black Hills since 2009. But his visit It coincides with the national wrecking over racism and the toppling of monuments linked to America’s prejudice past. And according to many Native Americans and Native American Activists, Mount Rushmore should be one of them.

With me now is Nick Tilsen member to the Oglala Lakota tribe, and the president of local activist organization, NDN Collective, he is one of several activists planning to protest the president's Mount Rushmore visit. Nick, thanks so much for joining us. Tell us why you feel this way about Mount Rushmore. 

NICK TILSEN Well, Mount Rushmore is stolen land from Oglala Lakota indigenous people and it's a symbolizes of white supremacy and structural racism. 

They systematically stole this land from us as indigenous people and then carved the faces of white colonizers, four white men who were colonizers who contributed to the genocide of indigenous people. And so its one of the fundamental symbols of white supremacy in America. And the fact that the president is coming here to this place, with such deep history of racism shows one of the narratives he's perpetuate. And so we have been long…

TUR: I'm sorry to interrupt, what do you think should happen to the site? 

TILSEN: We think that, we believe that Mount Rushmore should be closed as a national monument. And it should be reverted back into the control of indigenous people and Lakota people of the territory for us to decide what we should do with it.

 Because in the act of the white supremacy, part of this dismantling of white supremacy is that we actually have to shift the power and so because decision making, and self-determination of our people has been taken from us throughout time we have to reclaim that power and so it's about shifting — closing the monument and shifting the control of this land that was stolen from native people back into the hands of native people for us to decide what to do with the future of it. 



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