A group of Native Americans has planned to run a protest campaign against the United States President Donald Trump for visiting Mount Rushmore on the beginning of the Independence Day week.
On 3rd July 2020, President Trump is expected to get fireworks and fighter jets to Mount Rushmore to start his campaigning tour. The disputed tour has been planned despite having a racist movement running throughout the nation.
Now when the matter of Mount Rushmore is the new hot topic, some groups of native American activists have said that the land belongs to the Sioux and should be returned to the same. On the other hand, other groups have come up with a contradicting thought saying the site should be utilized for economic benefits via tourism.
A local activist, Nick Tilsen, said in an interview with the Associated Press– “is (Mount Rushmore) a symbol of white supremacy, of structural racism that’s still alive and well in society today”.
“It’s an injustice to actively steal Indigenous people’s land then carve the white faces of the conquerors who committed genocide.”
The protest against Trump’s visit is emerging as yet another trouble sign for the nation as statues of several leaders have come down, especially after George Floyd’s incident.
Witnessing the worsening circumstances nationwide, President Donald Trump may sign an order stating punishment and imprisonment for those who damage federal monuments and public statutes.
On Thursday, the President told a Fox News Town Hall in Green Bay- “Every night we’re going to get tougher and tougher [on statue protesters], and at some point, there is going to be retribution because there has to be.
“These people are vandals, but they’re agitators, but they’re really, they’re terrorists in a sense.”
The monuments which have been torn/ removed were of Thomas Jefferson and Goerge Washington.
Mount Rushmore is surrounded by national forests, which increases the chances of wildfires in the dry brush areas. On this, the park officials stated that they were “confident” in conducting the fireworks keeping safety measures in mind.
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