Another racist incident in Rapid City should award Murphy's the Trump statue

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. 

44 presidential statues already sit or stand on corners in downtown Rapid City and the City of Presidents Foundation leaders are focusing on the message the Barack Obama sculpture is sending to visitors without invoking the town's long history of bigotry and racism. 

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
Dallerie Davis, co-founder and artist liaison for the organization, said the project is in the concept stage and that Rapid City “absolutely, positively” will have a President Trump statue. “Right now, we know we’ve got to deal with the very unusual hair style, and we know we’ll have to involve tweeting,” Davis said. A location has not yet been selected for the nation's 45th president. Davis said the City of Presidents has more than 80 street corners to choose from. The project also has not yet announced the artist who will create the bronze statue. [Rapid City Journal
Right to life? Not if you're non-white in South Dakota. So, maybe the bronze of Trump should be placed right outside Murphy's Pub and Grill. 

This happened to former SDPB reporter Chynna Lockett and Sunny Red Bear.
“Yeah, we didn’t get to officially meet but...Hello Summer, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Sunny Red Bear & I am the Director of Racial Equity at NDN Collective. My work is to make sure that Rapid City is racially equitable for all. It looks like I have a lot of work to do, but if any businesses would like a better understanding of the work that is about to take place in Rapid City, please contact me. All businesses should have a policy/procedure for handling situations such as these & I would love to help anyone that is looking to learn how they can do that. Murphy’s Pub & Grill, I’d love to start with you, if you’d like.” [Faceberg post]


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