The wokescolds appear to have taken hold of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
The National Archives has placed a “harmful content” warning on all of the documents in its digital archives including the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.
Anyone paying attention could have seen this coming. In June, the NARA Racism Task Force deemed the artwork in the rotunda “structural racism” and issued trigger warnings.
National Archives has a statement on its website about “potentially harmful content.” It states that while its job is to maintain permanent records of the U.S. federal government, this includes historical records that may have “outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions” or records that “may refer to violent or graphic events” that are preserved for historical significance.
It also says that NARA is “committed to working with staff, communities, and peer institutions to assess and update descriptions that are harmful.”
On the NARA website’s FAQ section, they enumerate what constitutes “harmful or difficult” material on the website:
- 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.
NARA also states that archivists are “working to address the problem” in the following ways:
- informing users about the presence and origin of harmful content;
- revising descriptions and standardized sets of descriptive terms, supplementing description with more respectful terms, or creating new standardized terms to describe materials;
- researching the problem, listening to users, experimenting with solutions, and sharing our findings with each other;
- evaluating existing processes for exclusionary practices or institutional bias that prioritize one culture and/or group over another;
- making an institutional commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
Why do archivists at the National Archives hate the United States so much? Which country has centered itself on Liberty as the United States has?
The founding documents of the United States were committed to the belief that “all men are created equal.” Did it take some time to get there? Yep. Did we get there? I’d argue that we did — Americans can work hard and become successful in a variety of ways. Are there some people born with privilege? Yep. But that “privilege” can take a variety of forms. Not everyone possesses the natural ability to become the next Albert Einstein, or Carrie Underwood, or the next Michael Jordan. (Sorry, LeBron fans… “Air Jordan” is the GOAT.)
But these wokescolds believe that the United States is inherently flawed and it is written into our founding documents.
This is nothing but chronological snobbery — they think that they’re so much more enlightened than the people that came before them.
These wokescolds stand on the shoulders of giants and think that they got themselves to where they are. It’s arrogance.
Placing “trigger warnings” on America’s founding documents isn’t good for the country that has inspired Liberty around the world.
Maybe someone should ask the archivists at NARA why it is that when people protest government overreach and tyranny in other countries, the protesters are waving the American flag. They did this in Hong Kong and Cuba.
Maybe those people who want Liberty just didn’t realize how “problematic” the United States is… or maybe the NARA wokescolds don’t recognize how great the United States is.