As James Van Nuys puts the finishing touches on his statue of Barack Obama Democrats are privately discussing its safety in racist Rapid City.
43 presidential statues already sit or stand in bronze on corners downtown and the City of Presidents Foundation leaders want to focus on the message it will send to visitors without invoking the town's long history of bigotry. Obama would join Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jimmy Carter as US presidents who have won the Nobel Prize for Peace.
In the early twentieth century after President Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to the White House white supremacists began erecting statuary commemorating and celebrating treason in the United States. Mount Rushmore is the state's premier example of white supremacist ideology. Its sculptor was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Fact is: most of the downtown statues depict slave owners, at least one child rapist, war criminals and figures in history that ordered the murders of American Indians. Confederate flags routinely fly in Rapid City showing support for racism in like-minded states, South Carolina and Mississippi. Many more come out during the Sturgis Rally. Calling him a rapist some earth haters are calling for the removal of Rapid City's statue of Bill Clinton.
Van Nuys is saying the Obama casting will be completed by the end of summer.
Right to life? Not if you're non-white in South Dakota. Read the comments under KEVN teevee's Facebook post and witness the racial prejudice and hatred for yourselves.