Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Photo: Craig Bennett

Gyasi Ross: Vice failed to ask Native people for thoughts about Mount Rushmore

In the wake of racial violence in Virginia, the media has paid a lot of attention to monuments in America. But one outlet forgot to ask Native people for their views on Mount Rushmore in the sacred Black Hills so Gyasi Ross, the editor at large for Indian Country Media Network, had to fill in the blanks:
Charlottesville has created a lot of important conversations. A couple of days ago, Wilbert Cooper (an editor at wrote an article entitled Let’s Blow Up Mt. Rushmore, as a response to the notion of tearing down racist monuments.

He later clarified that “The headline and URL of this story have been updated. We do not condone violence in any shape or form, and the use of “blow up” in the original headline as a rhetorical device was misguided and insensitive. We apologize for the error.”

Right wing publications have run with the sensationalism of his headline and have used that as evidence of the left’s craziness (as if any more evidence is needed—both sides are crazy as hell.) I am pretty sure Cooper did not mean to actually “blow it up.”

That being said, it was a bad article and he should still apologize.

You may ask, “Well if he was being facetious, why would he have to apologize?”

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Gyasi Ross: Native People Discuss What To Do About Mt. Rushmore (Indian Country Media Network August 20, 2017)