Cancel culture continues to make headlines, as left-wing politicians, pundits, celebrities, and personalities push to erase certain things from the country. This includes everything from statues to terms.
We’ve seen memorials targeted by the “woke” crowd, certain words disallowed in government and school, and changes to sports teams (the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins are no more, for example).
Now, another common sports term has been branded “racist” — and it might have to be retired.
If you follow sports, you’ve probably heard references to Mount Rushmore quite often; it’s used when referring to the top 4 individuals in any given sport, for instance. Or the 4 best performances in history.
In other words, it’s typically used to denote greatness in any given athletic situation.
However, ESPN host and former NBA star Jalen Rose has a problem with this, and now he’s demanding that commentators and other hosts stop using “Mount Rushmore” in this capacity.
In a video posted to Rose’s Twitter account last week, he made the claim that Mount Rushmore is inherently racist because this country was “stolen,” so now it shouldn’t be used in sports vernacular:
Here's why using Mount Rushmore to define greatness should be retired immediately. pic.twitter.com/mtYYTtKFSa
— Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) August 3, 2022
Rose claims the term is especially offensive to Native Americans, because they were here before Columbus.
The ESPN host also cited the recent name changes for those sports teams, saying he never said the word “Redskins” on his show because it was offensive. And it was the “same thing” for the Indians.
Typically, all it takes is one high-profile individual to call this out publicly, then everyone – for fear of not being “woke” enough – jumps on the bandwagon, and the “cancel” is complete.
Now it’s probably unlikely that you’ll hear the term “Mount Rushmore” used in sports terminology, especially on ESPN or in any mainstream sports publications.
It’d be interesting to hear what South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem might say in reply, as she has often raced to defend the iconic American landmark in the past. She isn’t the only proud American to do so, either.
This joins ongoing calls to either alter or tear down Mount Rushmore altogether, which is an argument that might shift into high gear again now.
- ESPN host Jalen Rose demanded that sportscasters no longer use the term “Mount Rushmore.”
- He claims it’s racist and especially offensive to Native Americans, so it shouldn’t be used to refer to greatness in athletics.
- It’s another cancel culture call, that will most likely be obeyed by mainstream hosts, journalists, and personalities.
Source: The Daily Caller