Ah, Mount Rushmore, the masterwork featuring four of the great American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Four giants signifying America’s Integrity, Liberty, Spirit and Soul.
A couple weeks ago, we used the below picture on an article. It was a dramatic image we had created when Antifa started its violent run in 2015, a prophetic look where they were headed. When we ran it again, we were hit on Facebook by those calling us “fake news.”
Fake. Since that time, Washington’s statue has been torn down, Jefferson’s statue has been torn down, a Lincoln statue is targeted for removal and now Teddy Roosevelt’s statue is being removed from New York’s Museum of Natural History.
Why Teddy? Because of its “associations with colonialism” and because it “communicates a racial hierarchy.” (He’s on a horse and flanked by a Native American and an African on foot.) Except that statue’s at the museum to celebrate Roosevelt as a “devoted naturalist and author on works of natural history.”
Why Lincoln? Because freeing the slaves and taking a bullet to the head for his trouble isn’t enough for these people.
What’s it say when the four faces of Mount Rushmore are targeted for destruction?
It says when anyone tells you this Taliban-esque assault on statues and monuments is about racism, or slavery, they are lying. It is about America itself. It’s America they want broken and burned.