National Archives task force says rotunda promotes ‘structural racism’

National Archives structural racism

National Archives task force says this rotunda promotes ‘structural racism.’

In a recently released 100-plus page National Archives task force report, it has been determined that the rotunda where visitors are able to view the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights is an evil place because it promotes “structural racism.”

Specifically, the National Archives task force report concludes that the paintings displayed in the rotunda depict our “white” Founding Fathers in too positive a light. For example, you’ll find murals depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, but nothing that shows Native Americans driven off their land by settlers.

‘While these massive paintings are historically significant and loved by many, others find them oppressive and exclusionary,’ the report, overseen by National Archivist David Ferriero reads.

In the April 2021 report, 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 report provided some examples of so-called structural racism (via FOX News):

Some examples of “structural racism” were provided in the summary of the report, including “legacy descriptions that use racial slurs and harmful language to describe BIPOC communities,” which includes actual racial slurs alongside terms such as “elderly,” “handicapped” and “illegal alien.”

Additionally, the report categorized the National Archives’ Rotunda as another example of “structural racism” as 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 ways to “reimagine the Rotunda,” including staging “dance or performance art in the space that invites dialogue about the ways that the United States has mythologized the founding era.”

The report also called for “trigger warnings” to be put in place with historical content to “forewarn audiences of content that may cause intense physiological and psychological symptoms.”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. (emphasis mine)

But the National Archives task force isn’t stopping there. They also want to eliminate the “adulatory and excessive language [used] to document the historical contributions of White, wealthy men” used on — a website that provides information on America’s “milestone documents” (i.e. the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence) — and “rewrite or discard” the praise of historically impactful Americans, such as former President Thomas Jefferson.

“ 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 before taking aim at Jefferson.

“For example, a search of Thomas Jefferson in 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.

“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.

Completing the trifecta in the National Archive task force’s war against structural racism, their report also calls for the creation of “safe spaces” to protect far-left snowflakes from “harmful terms” and “damaging stereotypes.” No, I’m not making that up.

The report calls for “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 said that “racist language” includes “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.”

Biden didn’t initiate this task force. It was created during the Trump administration in response to the George Floyd incident under orders from National Archivist David Ferriero, who has served in that role since he was nominated by Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2009. The term for this position is indefinite.

Regardless of how the National Archive task force got started, the fact that it exists and has created this report is evidence of a growing movement by far-left Democrats in the Age of Biden.

In the few short months since Democrats regained control of Washington, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Black Lives Matter, and members of the Biden administration have renewed demands for a formal apology from the U.S. for slavery in the form of reparations.

In the few short months since Democrats regained control of Washington, Democrats have been actively rewriting history in the name of eliminating “systemic racism” and the “white privilege” that created it.

In the few short months since Democrats regained control of Washington, Joe Biden’s Education Department is preparing a curriculum to indoctrinate children into anti-white racism using the 1619 Project and critical race theory in public schools.

In the few short months since Democrats regained control of Washington, the radical teachings of critical race Theorist Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi, a man who believes in the practice of anti-white racism, are being preached as the solution to the discrimination of the past.

“The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

In the few short months since Democrats regained control of Washington, Joe Biden has turned control of the Department of Justice over to a bunch of anti-White racists who are using the DOJ to bully states and local municipalities who aren’t buying their message into submission.

Those of you who know me know I’m not suggesting we play binary politics by voting for cowardly Republicans to stop evil Democrats, but when the National Archives task force produces a report that suggests destroying our history because they believe it represents “structural racism,” Biden and Co. have had too much success with their anti-White racism agenda to dismiss it.


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