Mount Rushmore, since its construction in that ended in the early 1940s, has been a symbol of American patriotism and ingenuity. Each year, about three million people visit the site and stand in awe of its size and grandeur. However, not all are all that impressed with the site.
And according to some, it should be destroyed post haste.
As the Argus Leader reports, the native Sioux people, whose ancestors have inhabited the land surrounding the Black Hills of South Dakota where the monument is located, have always seen it as nothing more than a tourist attraction, and one that continuously slaps them in the face.
Take the words of Oglala Sioux President Julian Bear Runner, for example. He says the site is “a great sign of disrespect” to the Sioux people, namely because it was thought up and constructed with little regard to the people who have called the land home for centuries.
And he isn’t the only one who thinks so.
Cheyanne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier recently wrote in a news release that “Nothing stands as a greater reminder to the Great Sioux Nation of a country that cannot keep a promise or treaty then the faces carved into our sacred land on what the United States calls Mount Rushmore.”
To Frazier and many of his tribe members, the site is a constant reminder of the pain, disrespect, and utter poverty that their people have been forced to endure at the hands of the ‘white men.’
He wrote in the release, “Visitors look upon the faces of those presidents and extoll the virtues that they believe make America the country it is today. Lakota sees the faces of the men who lied, cheated, and murdered innocent people whose only crime was living on the land they wanted to steal.”
Frazier has even offered to rid the land of this “brand on our flesh” himself, if need be, “free of charge.”
However, if and when Frazier or others decided to remove the monument, there will be another battle as to how that is accomplished. Obviously, some would rather just see it be blown to bits in a matter of seconds. But not all are of this mind.
Bear Runner, for example, has made it clear that he wants it “removed but not blown up.” He noted that just as his reasoning for not wanting the monument to be there as a scar upon his homeland, simply blowing it up would do much the same thing, possibly even destroying some of his people’s nearby cultural artifacts and relics.
Bear Runner said, “I don’t believe it should be blown up because it would cause more damage to the land.”
However, the calls for Mt. Rushmore’s destruction have some rather fierce opposition. If South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has any say in the matter, the monument won’t be touched either by the Sioux or protesters.
As the lefts cancel culture and seemingly ever-present monument mobs have traveled to her state, Noem has vowed that she will do everything within her power to protect and safeguard Mt. Rushmore.
Recently conservative commentator Ben Shapiro pondered if the political left would target Rushmore. Next, Noem’s simple words to the call for the historical site’s destruction says it all:
“Not on my watch.”
These words and her apparent disapproval of the destruction of the site make it clear that if any sort of attempt is made to ruin or deface the monument, her reaction will be swift and fierce. Noem, unlike several on the political right, has refused to cave to the left’s demands, either to close her state down to Coronavirus fears or for the police to be defunded or disbanded.
She has made it apparent that while she has listened to and even understood the calls for such, they are not what our country needs right now. And just because someone is offended by something doesn’t mean that it should be forever “canceled” or forgotten. We can’t merely erase our history and act like it didn’t happen, no matter how unpleasant it was.
Instead, we have to remember it so that we can learn from our mistakes. The faces on Mt. Rushmore aren’t there to simply be impressive or show how great America is. They exist to remind us of where our nation started out and show us how far we have come since those days.
Only time will tell if the monument mob of the left will cause the colossal sculpture to eventually fall. But as for right now, it will continue to stand tall.