That would be Democrats and progressives, presumably. They’d have this country under their thumb permanently it it weren’t for that damn thing. This whole day must be traumatic for them.
I’d vote for a different party to be in control of the White House and Congress just to stop utter crap like this.
The National Archives Records Administration placed a “harmful content” warning on all documents across the Archives’ cataloged website, including the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, labeling the founding documents of the United States as “harmful or difficult to view.” The warning:
“The Catalog and web pages of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) provide access to many millions of descriptions and digital copies of the permanent records of the United States federal government. The Catalog and web pages contain some content that may be harmful or difficult to view. NARA’s records span the history of the United States, and it is our charge to preserve and make available these historical records. As a result, some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions. In addition, some of the materials may relate to violent or graphic events and are preserved for their historical significance. The National Archives is committed to working with staff, communities, and peer institutions to assess and update descriptions that are harmful and to establish standards and policies to prevent future harmful language in staff-generated descriptions….Some items may:
- reflect racist, sexist, ableist, misogynistic/misogynoir, and xenophobic opinions and attitudes;
- be discriminatory towards or exclude diverse views on sexuality, gender, religion, and more;
- include graphic content of historical events such as violent death, medical procedures, crime, wars/terrorist acts, natural disasters and more;
- demonstrate bias and exclusion in institutional collecting and digitization policies….”
This is despicable presentism and anti-American propaganda, but it was obviously coming. In June, the National Archives’ racism task force claimed that the Archives’ rotunda, which houses founding documents, is an example of “structural racism.” The task force pushed to include trigger warnings around displays of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, which are all in the rotunda.
Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma—guess which party— sent a letter to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) archivist David Ferriero objecting the “blanket application” of a “Harmful Language Alert” on the founding documents. “It should be removed immediately,” Lankford said, adding that the warning’s description of the documents as striking some as “outdated, biased” and “offensive” was itself biased and offensive. “This obviously politically-charged qualifier goes leaps and bounds beyond the role of NARA, which has been established to operate as a nonpartisan entity responsible for providing public access to federal government records,” Lankford wrote. “While our nation undoubtedly has stains on its history, we have, from our founding, created the most free and diverse society on earth, nevertheless, the people of the United States have continued their mission of forming a more perfect union.”
I want to see someone in the White House press corps ask Jen Psaki if President Biden agrees that the Founding Documents are offensive.