MAGAZINE CALLS FOR ISIS-LIKE DESTRUCTION: “Let’s Blow Up Mount Rushmore”

It is becoming increasingly difficult to separate leftists from Islamic terrorists as both destroy monuments, statues, and seek to eliminate freedoms we enjoy. On a day in which an Islamic terrorist killed over a dozen people in Barcelona, senior editor Wilber Cooper has the audacity to publish an article for VICE Magazine urging the left to destroy Mt. Rushmore just like ISIS would.

In his article “Let’s Blow Up Mount Rushmore,” Cooper attacks the Founding Fathers and calls for a demolition of the monument. His call to erase historical markers, such as statues, echoes the recent movement from left-wingers for a culture war that would decimate Americans’ political traditions and heroes. Those targeted heroes include Thomas Jefferson, former president and chief author of the Bill of Rights – such as the First Amendment – and General and President George Washington, who declined offers to become a dictator after winning the Revolutionary War.

Cooper argues that these historical monuments and statues help preserve a system of racial exploitation and inequality, and should be erased to help build a new society. He says, “It’s going to be impossible to improve America if we can’t be honest about its origins and its past.” He insists that “Trump and his white supremacist cohorts believe the reverence some Americans have for these statues is simply respect for history, and that tearing them down is tantamount to ripping pages out of a textbook. But monuments built by the state are not history—they are manifestations of power.”

Upon acknowledging the insensitivity of the article’s title given the tragic events which occurred earlier today in Spain, VICE Magazine deleted the original article and wrote an editor’s note: “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.”

They have since changed the title to ‘Get Rid of Mount Rushmore.’ Wow. What an improvement. Leftists continue to contradict their self-proclaimed peace-seeking objectives and prove that they are actually seeking to burn down the United States by getting rid of every trace of this great country’s history. And you can bet they are coming for the Constitution next.

Cooper argues that the nation’s historical markers and monuments help preserve a political system of racial exploitation and inequality, and should be erased to help build a new society.

It’s hard to be critical of a system when that system becomes an article of faith, filled with myths (the cherry tree), deities (Founding Fathers), and notions of salvation (the City on a Hill). It’s going to be impossible to improve America if we can’t be honest about its origins and its past. Her fruit is born from violence and greed, watered by the blood of my ancestors.

Cooper downplays America’s political, cultural, economic and technological contributions to the world, and he also ignores near-term debates about investments, wages and immigration reform, education improvements, economic opportunity and much else in favor of a high-emotion campaign to erase historical symbols on the nation’s boulevards:

Trump and his white supremacist cohorts believe the reverence some Americans have for these statues is simply respect for history, and that tearing them down is tantamount to ripping pages out of a textbook. But monuments built by the state are not history—they are manifestations of power. They don’t tell you who, what, why, or how something happened. Instead, they just inform you who’s in control. This is even true with the Confederate statues, even though the South lost the war. The reality is that the enshrinement of those generals in statues across the nation mostly did not happen right after the war as a tribute to lost struggle. Instead, they were built in the early 1900s and the 1960s, when it was crucial for those in power to signal that white supremacy would endure in the face of Reconstruction, the Progressive Era, and the civil rights movement. Erecting these statues amounted to power moves by white people who felt threatened. And now that they are being toppled, and neo-Nazis fight against their removal, their true meaning has become clearer than ever.

…. I’m not sure that a monument put on by the state, which still perpetuates violence across the world and has immense inequality here at home, could ever produce a work that truly honors the real, radical legacy of Dr. King. King was a man who damned capitalism and war as much as he strived for black boys and black girls to hold hands with white boys and white girls.

Cooper’s argument for the erasure of historical markers, such as statues, echoes the growing demand from other left-wingers for a culture war that would sweep away Americans’ political traditions and heroes. Those targeted heroes include two of the men memorialized on Mount Rushmore — Thomas Jefferson, who served as both a president and as the chief author of the Bill of Rights, such as the First Amendment, and also General and President George Washington, who declined offers to become a dictator after winning the Revolutionary War.

Those targeted heroes and political ideas include those symbolized by two of the men memorialized on Mount Rushmore — Thomas Jefferson, who served as both a president and as the chief author of the Bill of Rights, such as the First Amendment, and also General and President George Washington, who declined offers to become a dictator after winning the Revolutionary War.

In prior articles, Cooper has focused on racial inequalities even when writing about non-racial debates, such as the debate over the impact of imported labor on Americans’ wages. Shortly before the 2016 election, for example, he urged African-American voters to ignore candidate Donald Trump’s promise of pro-American immigration reform, writing:

When Trump and his ilk make immigration a bogeyman, they conveniently ignore the systemic racism blacks have been facing for decades. It’s a lot easier to harp on the specter of immigrants stealing jobs than it is to explain how mass incarceration and housing discrimination have actually robbed generations of black people of opportunity and wealth.

If you’re one of the black folks who’s worried about our people’s economic prospects in this country, remember that the key isn’t finding a scapegoat or a shortcut to the problem at hand. Closing inequality between black and white can’t be done by building a wall to keep out people, who in many instances, look like you. Instead, it begins with the very real work of addressing the institutional racism that has been essential to this country long before there was even a border to cross.

Sources: Breitbart and 100%FedUp

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