In a video posted Thursday to YouTube by media analyst Mark Dice, a number of people identified as supporters of President Obama supported the idea of tearing down and replacing the allegedly “racist” sculpture on Mount Rushmore. In his trademark fashion, Dice told beach-goers in San Diego that Obama had issued an executive order to “tear down Mount Rushmore, this racist, white supremacist monument.” He then asked for their response.
“Absolutely,” one woman said after Dice asked if this was a good idea. “Racism is (expletive deleted) as well as gay marriage not being legalized.” She went on to tell Dice the presidents currently displayed on the mountain should be replaced with homosexuals or “anti-racist anything.”
One man told Dice he would “knock that (expletive deleted) mountain down” if he was paid enough to do it. “I’ll do it, I need money,” he said.
An African-American man told Dice it would be “pretty cool” if Mount Rushmore was “reconstructed with some black people.” He also admitted to Dice he didn’t know where Mount Rushmore is located. He wasn’t alone in his lack of knowledge.
“Isn’t that where they found all the treasure in National Treasure?” another person asked. One beach-goer told Dice he might support tearing the sculpture down after being informed it depicts “white, slave-owning men.”
One man finally told Dice that Obama never issued an edict ordering the destruction of Mount Rushmore. “I’m way too smart to fall for this,” he said.
The video is just the latest in a series that illustrates how uninformed many Americans are with regard to current events. On Monday, we reported that Dice actually found a number of people willing to repeal the First Amendment in order to combat racism.
A recent poll revealed that nearly one in five say the First Amendment goes too far in guaranteeing the right to free speech. That poll also revealed a stunning lack of knowledge regarding the First Amendment.
Another Dice video showed California beach-goers supporting a fake petition to ban and redesign the U.S. flag. Beach-goers also signed another fake petition asking Obama to repeal the Bill of Rights. Earlier this month, many were unable to explain why Americans celebrate the Fourth of July. One woman, for example, said former President Abraham Lincoln signed the Declaration of Independence in 1964, almost 100 years after he was assassinated. Dice’s video can be seen above.