Accuracy in Media

An editor at VICE News wrote an op-ed calling for the removal of Mount Rushmore, in light of the controversies about Confederacy memorials, statues, plaques and monuments. Why did the editor call for this?

The editor wondered if any American president was worth memorializing on Mount Rushmore, so why not get rid of the entire monument, he wondered.

Here’s a snippet from his piece:

I visited Mount Rushmore in the summer of 2015, and it’s nothing like Abe Lincoln squatting on his (recently vandalized) throne or George Washington’s phallus towering over everything in DC. Instead, Rushmore is a testament to the human ability to conquer nature in our own image. Standing in front of it conjured feelings of both wonder and disgust in me. Obviously, Washington and Thomas Jefferson were remarkable individuals who helped usurp British rule in America and, eventually, establish a new empire. But they also enslaved their fellow man, committing special kinds of inhumane acts that should never be confined to footnotes. Unfortunately, that is exactly how those troublesome truths are treated when you face the awesome grandeur of Rushmore, a monument so incredible it obscures the multifaceted nature of these old dudes, transmogrifying them from individuals with a capacity both for greatness and evil into pure American deities.

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Comments

  • Walt Ramsey

    I hope that the author meant this to be dripping with sarcasm. Less than 100 years after it’s founding our country was ripped apart by a vicious civil war that ended slavery. It was still too long a period, but it did get done. Slavery (whether we want to admit it or not) still exists in some parts of the world today. Were our presidents saints? Of course not, they were men who lived in a world that no longer exists today. They were creatures of their time, but they did have the vision of a better world, and that vision became the United States of America which is still the best country that anyone has been able to come up with. Perfect? No, but we’re working on it.

  • What we witness today in America is not merely a battle of left
    versus right. Or of good versus evil. Or of Nazism versus communism.
    Such nomenclature is only the garb of those engaged in a feeding frenzy
    on the carcass of democracy.

    (Dr.) Sandy Kramer
    PrincetonUniversity@Cox.net

  • Beau Jackson

    Reactionary types always opposed rock.