Friday, October 22, 2021

Douglas Andrews: Leftists Put Trigger Warnings on Founding Documents

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Constitution Day isn’t until next Friday, but the woke supremacists at the National Archives just couldn’t wait to slap a trigger alert on that one-of-a-kind, world-changing document.

“Harmful Language Alert: see NARA’s Statement on Potentially Harmful Language.” That’s the language now appearing above the online version of the U.S. Constitution at the National Archives Records Administration. Same with that other offensive piece of parchment, the Declaration of Independence. Click on the accompanying link to either of them, and you’ll be taken to a page that apologizes to the handful of snowflakes who might be triggered by language that “may be harmful or difficult to view,” or that “may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions.”

The NARA warning further states that our foundational documents might “reflect racist, sexist, ableist, misogynistic/misogynoir, and xenophobic opinions and attitudes; be discriminatory towards or exclude diverse views on sexuality, gender, religion, and more.”

Heavens to Mergatroyd!

Asked via Twitter for clarification about the specific language that some folks might find so deeply offensive, the archivists replied, “This alert is not connected to any specific records, but appears at the top of the page while you are using the online Catalog.”

Still, imagine what it would’ve been like for Jefferson to have penned the Declaration of Independence with a modern-day leftist peering over his shoulder and chirping away: We hold these white male opinions to be dubious, that all human beings are created equal, that they are supposedly endowed by a sexist deity with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Equity.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the Archives has been guilty of apologizing for our glorious past.

Earlier this year, a NARA task force issued a 105-page report critical of the Founding Fathers, claiming that the Archives’ Rotunda — which houses the Declaration and the Constitution — is structurally racist 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.”

It might hurt some heightened sensibilities to admit it, but our nation was founded by white men. And no amount of wokeism, critical race theorizing, or armchair quarterbacking from two and a half centuries hence will ever undo that inconvenient truth. The only fair way to assess historical figures is to do so by measuring them against the era in which they lived.

The National Archives is the caretaker for our nation’s essential documents. It’s just a low-down dirty shame that a bunch of America-loathing leftists feel a need to apologize for its awe-inspiring artifacts.

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