GOP Texas Congressman Brian Babin and 44 other Republicans in the House are demanding that the current leaders at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) delete the “harmful content” warnings from online versions of the Founding-era documents, including America’s Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
“The role of our National Archives should be to protect our shared history and educate the next generation, not to change or demonize the past,” the GOP leader wrote to Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, in a message obtained by conservative reporters. NARA said in late July that it would create the labels, that warn about “racist, sexist, misogynistic, and xenophobic attitudes.”
Babin is not the first GOP member of Congress to show concern about the warnings. Oklahoma Senator James Lankford also asked for the NARA to remove them, as has GOP Alabama Congressman Gary Palmer.
The GOP accused Ferriero and NARA of “weaponizing words and politicizing America’s history” by creating the content warnings.
NARA put the warning labels into place after a recommendation from a Task Force on Racism. The Task Force, created by Ferriero in reply to an early order from President Biden, pushed the independent federal agency to “make efforts toward destroying structural racism” and give “training about topics like diversity, accessibility, equity, and inclusion.”
The warnings do not point to any certain language in the documents that they say are “harmful.” NARA said to Fox News on September 16 that the warning label “automatically shows at the top of every single page” on the online catalog.
“The liberal cancel culture has created a full assault on the very documents that comprise the foundation of our country’s story, and I will sit back and watch,” Babin said. “The National Archives is there to preserve our shared history and educate the next generation about the triumphs and trials of our history, not to change or demonize the past. The Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights were created to guard the freedoms and God-given rights of all Americans. Promoting anything but this truth is not just a misrepresentation of our past, but a dereliction of their duty. The National Archives must remove these crazy warnings immediately and restart their true mission.”
Author: Scott Dowdy