The Ugly Truth of America’s Most Famous Monument

The shine to democracy and its roots in white supremacy

Jared Barlament
6 min readJan 3, 2023

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Mount Rushmore, South Dakota (photo by Andrew Ling on Unsplash)

Mount Rushmore is inherently unique among American monuments in that a lot of the experience of the monument is in getting there.

Reaching the Black Hills of South Dakota — “island in the plains” — entails a drawn-out drum roll from the endless, colorless, flat…

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Jared Barlament

Author and essayist from Wisconsin studying anthropology and philosophy at Columbia University.