Legendary musician Neil Young once again resented the use of his songs at the occasion of US President Donald Trump. Trump gave his speech on Saturday Independence Day at the Mount Rushmore Monument, where Young’s classic hits Like a Hurricane and Rockin ’in the Free World were heard.
The musician reacted quickly on Twitter.
- This is NOT okay for me, Young wrote.
Its location in Mount Rushmore is particularly emotional for Trump’s occasion.
Engraved on the granite of Mount Rushmore are famous portraits of previous U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, but the history of the area also has a shadow side.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1980 that the United States had illegally taken the land from the Sioux tribe in 1873. For many indigenous peoples, the Mount Rushmore memorial is a symbol of oppression. The monument is seen, according to US media, as representing violated treaties and the dominance of the white population. Rushmore is located in the Black Hills, which is religiously significant to the local indigenous people.
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Indeed, during the Trump event, demonstrations were held in the area opposing the historic usurpation of the Mount Rushmore area by the indigenous population. Neil Young said on Twitter that he supports the local indigenous population.
The Trump event was also feared to give rise to new coronavirus infection clusters among the local population.
Young has commented in public before that he doesn’t want his music to be played at Trump’s events. Many other musicians have also banned Trump from using their songs in public. However, it is not legally possible to deny the matter.