September 15, 2021 | From Christian Post
Following criticism, the U.S. National Archives Records Association has clarified that the “harmful language” alert recently introduced on its website for the U.S. Constitution is a blanket notice that also applies to pages featuring other historical documents in its database.
Conservative radio host Todd Starnes stirred controversy last week when he shared a screenshot of the NARA website, revealing that the U.S. Constitution is now accompanied by a “harmful language” alert. In response, the NARA received immense pushback on social media.
The criticism prompted NARA to issue a response, asserting that “This alert is not connected to any specific records, but appears at the top of the page while you are using the online Catalog.”
“NARA’s records span the history of the United States, and it is our charge to preserve and make available these historical records,” the federal agency explained in a statement. “As a result, some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions.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.”
NARA’s statement added that “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; [and] demonstrate bias and exclusion in institutional collecting and digitization policies.”…
Earlier this year, NARA released a task force report on racism. The report determined that the National Archives Rotunda in Washington, D.C.…reflects “structural racism” because it “lauds wealthy white men in the nation’s founding while marginalizing BIPOC, women, and other communities.”…
The task force also defined “reverse racism” as “a fallacy” and “impossible, as the power structure of the United States has historically benefitted white people and continues to do so today.”…
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(Excerpt from Christian Post. Article by Anugrah Kumar. Photo Credit: Anthony Garand).