TravelGuides – National Archives’ racism task force says own Rotunda example of ‘structural racism,’ knocks Founding Fathers

TravelGuides – National Archives’ racism task force says own Rotunda example of ‘structural racism,’ knocks Founding Fathers

The National Archives’ task force on racism claimed in a little bit-observed report back to the U.S.’s prime librarian that the Archives’ own Rotunda – which homes the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights – is an example of “structural racism” and that the Founding Fathers and different White, traditionally impactful Americans are portrayed too positively.

The report was accomplished in April and launched this month however has thus far flown underneath the media radar. The task force claims that structural racism “unequivocally impacts” how National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) workers work together with one another, clients and the historic information themselves.

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Some examples of “structural racism” have been offered within the abstract of the report, together with “legacy descriptions that use racial slurs and harmful language to describe BIPOC communities,” which incorporates precise racial slurs alongside phrases similar to “elderly,” “handicapped” and “illegal alien.”

Additionally, the report categorized the National Archives’ Rotunda as one other example of “structural racism” because it “lauds wealthy White men in the nation’s founding while marginalizing BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and other People of Color], women, and other communities.”

The task force suggests methods to “reimagine the Rotunda,” together with staging “dance or performance art in the space that invites dialogue about the ways that the United States has mythologized the founding era.” 

The task force claims that structural racism "unequivocally impacts" how National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) employees interact with each other, customers and the historical records themselves.

The task force claims that structural racism “unequivocally impacts” how National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) workers work together with one another, clients and the historic information themselves.
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The report additionally referred to as for “trigger warnings” to be put in place with historic content material to “forewarn audiences of content that may cause intense physiological and psychological symptoms.”

“Providing an advisory notice to users gives us an opportunity to mitigate harm and contextualize the records,” the report reads. “It creates a space to share with the public our ultimate goals for reparative description, demonstrate our commitment to the process, and address any barriers that we may face in achieving these goals (i.e., the size and scope of the Catalog and the ever-evolving knowledge we gain regarding what is harmful).”

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The task force’s report additionally requires a change to language on OurDocuments.gov — an internet site on American “milestone documents” such because the Constitution and Declaration of Independence — to be much less celebratory of traditionally impactful Americans, similar to former President Thomas Jefferson.

“OurDocuments.gov features transcripts and historical context of ‘100 milestone documents of American history’ but often uses adulatory and excessive language to document the historical contributions of White, wealthy men,” the report reads earlier than taking goal at Jefferson.

“For example, a search of Thomas Jefferson in OurDocuments.gov brings up 24 results. He is described in this sample lesson plan as a ‘visionary’ who took ‘vigorous action’ to strengthen the ‘will of the nation to expand westward,’” the report continues.

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“The plan does not mention that his policy of westward expansion forced Native Americans off their ancestral land, encouraged ongoing colonial violence, and laid the groundwork for further atrocities like the Trail of Tears,” it added.

Additionally, the report requires “the creation of safe spaces in every NARA facility” and says NARA has “a responsibility to eliminate racist language in archival descriptions and revise the policies and practices that led to it.”

The task force stated that “racist language” consists of “not only explicitly harmful terms, such as racial slurs, but also information that implies and reinforces damaging stereotypes of BIPOC individuals and communities while valorizing and protecting White people,” the report reads. “Descriptive terminology cannot be divorced from its context.”

Cassie Smedile, government director of conservative group America Rising, stated that the report is “the radical Left’s latest attempt to sow division and rewrite our history.”

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“With Democrats controlling every lever of our government, these efforts have only become more flagrant and pervasive. No institution, agency or classroom is off limits,” Smedile advised Fox News in an e-mail. “The American people deserve to be made fully aware of the radical Left’s schemes, and we’ll continue to expose them.”

National Archivist David Ferriero commissioned the task force in response to George Floyd’s dying final yr, the report notes. Ferriero has served within the place since 2009, after he was nominated by former President Obama and confirmed by the Senate. The place has an indefinite time period size. 

NARA didn’t reply to Fox News’ request for remark.

Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can discover him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene

TravelGuides – National Archives’ racism task force says own Rotunda example of ‘structural racism,’ knocks Founding Fathers