Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-06-08 18:05:21 –
Thornton, Colorado — The carousel in the park was removed after the city noticed its insensitive image.
Over the weekend, MJ Jimenez was riding a carousel in the park with his 8-year-old niece. At that time, I noticed that there was a horse in front of me.
“When I realized it was a Native American head in a saddle bag, my mouth popped open,” said Jimenez of the carousel.
The carousel was made in the 1920s. It was purchased by the city of Thornton from a local store that went bankrupt. Moved to Carpenter Park in 2013.
“This is an inhumane tactic, a sign that we are not humans,” said indigenous activist Reala Purrier.
Pourier says the carousel’s portrayal is disappointing.
“This is further evidence that American culture has frozen Native Americans in the past,” Pourier said.
Only hours after the city recognized the carousel’s insensitive image, the horse was dropped off.
The city of Thornton tells Denver 7:
“Thanks for drawing attention to the very insensitive carousel in Carpenter Park. The improper design of the horse is in perfect agreement with Mary Jane Jimenez. Monday morning, social. As soon as I read the media post, I went out of Thornton’s staff members to see the horse and removed it from the carousel. We have been exposed to this image for too long by our patrons. I’m sorry.
Thornton will take this opportunity to use the space in the carousel to create something more ADA compatible.
KMGH’s Gary Brode first reported this story.