On Friday night, a Facebook post went viral showing a photograph of a family flipping off the Mount Rushmore monument. The post sought to arouse the anger of conservatives, but despite the obvious appeal to emotion, many took the bait. The post has since been shared nearly 40,000 times in just over 24 hours.
While the photo itself is certainly inflammatory, Roxanne Bobbio’s accompanying caption (shown above) is most likely misleading and purposely deceptive. Bobbio, who made the post, starts off by implying the pictured family is among those who are here illegally, and stating their actions in the photo is ‘one of the reasons we want you out of here.’ She then threw in a few angry emojis for good measure.
However, given the fact that Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota, a place that a host of Native American tribes call home, the family in the photograph more than likely belongs to one of those tribes. If so, anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of U.S. history can see why they may not share that same spirit of patriotism others do, and rightfully so.
But no, rather than follow this more logical line of thought, they take the liberty to spew the very same hateful rhetoric that carried Donald Trump to victory in the months leading up to the 2016 election. Not only that, but they are allowing a social media personality to irresponsibly spread content with no regard for truth. For a group who so loathes the idea of “fake news,” this would be quite contradictory; but perhaps they are only opposed to “fake news” if they don’t agree with it.
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