Target Backs Anti-Mount Rushmore Group

Target’s recent streak of attention may not be ending anytime soon. The retail chain drew considerable criticism due to a number of LGBT-related items and displays, sparking a considerable backlash. It has now emerged that the group is also supporting a group that defines Mount Rushmore as a sign of White supremacy.

Fox News discovered that Target’s nonprofit foundation sent money to an organization that holds a number of far-left political positions, including opposition to Mount Rushmore. 

The NDN Collective received financial support from Target, which promised to increase its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts since 2020. 

The NDN Collective describes itself as following a “racial equity lens” and an “intersectional” focus. Perhaps the most high-profile of the group’s efforts is its campaign against Mount Rushmore. 

The push against the South Dakota monument is part of the NDN Collective’s “LANDBACK” program, which calls the “closure of Mount Rushmore” its “cornerstone battle.” 

The group stated that the carving of prominent American presidents represents an “international symbol of White supremacy and colonization.” 

“To truly dismantle white supremacy and systems of oppression, we have to go back to the roots,” the group stated. “Which, for us, is putting Indigenous Lands back in Indigenous hands.”

The group also courted controversy for its position on the Middle East. The group uses the phrase “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free,” which is also used by terrorist organizations such as Hamas. 

The phrase is also considered by many Americans and Israelis as an endorsement of the destruction of the Jewish state. 

The NDN Collective also described the United States military as being “in the explicit business of taking land away from communities all around the world and using their presence on their land to carry out their own agenda for the inhabitants of that area. 

The group also described violence as “fundamental” to the American position in the world.

The group has also taken a more explicitly political stance, supporting the Green New Deal policy of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and against a police training under construction in Atlanta.