Former NBA star turned ESPN analyst Jalen Rose wants people to stop using the term Mount Rushmore in their sports debates.
On Friday, Rose posted a video urging people to stop using the term because he says Mount Rushmore is built on top of a Native American burial site in South Dakota.
Here's why using Mount Rushmore to define greatness should be retired immediately. pic.twitter.com/mtYYTtKFSa
— Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) August 3, 2022
“Can we retire using ‘Mount Rushmore?’ That should be offensive to all of us, especially Native Americans, Indigenous people who were the first people here before Christopher Columbus, “That land was stolen from them when it was discovered that it contained gold.
“And 25 years later, to add insult to injury, four American presidents were put on what we call Mount Rushmore on the top of the dead bodies that is buried right underneath. So, I call for you and for myself — I’m owning this, too — let’s stop using the term ‘Mount Rushmore’ when we’re talking about our favorite rappers, talking about our favorite movies, talking about our favorite players.”
Rose received immediate backlash from people defending Mount Rushmore on social media.
Jalen Rose is on the Mount Rushmore of dumb ass sports commentators https://t.co/32QHS8mCi9
— Ryan Kinel – RK Outpost (@KinelRyan) August 5, 2022
Jalen Rose has gone so woke that he now wants to cancel Mount Rushmore.
Yes, he's trying to cancel a monument honoring great American Presidents.
Life can't be easy when you're that dumb. https://t.co/tlEC9MfRxD
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) August 5, 2022
Erasing history is https://t.co/0yOpRfIgSj can’t cancel every monument/historical marker. Teach history behind it all so the now recognized poor decisions/horrible actions don’t repeat Times change and we must learn #HistoryMatters #MountRushmore https://t.co/dgPgDdKXo9
— SueVotesRed2 (@Susan36495963) August 5, 2022