Task Force at National Archives Concludes Celebrating Founding Fathers is Structural Racism
“To no one’s surprise, it also cites The New York Times’ dubious 1619 Project and Ibram X. Kendi”
Just another reminder that this ideology has been embedded pretty much everywhere.
The Daily Signal reports:
Celebrating Founding Fathers Is ‘Structural Racism,’ National Archives Says
Venerating and celebrating the Founding Fathers is an example of “structural racism,” apparently.
That’s the conclusion of a recently released document created by a National Archives and Records Administration task force on racism.
The National Archives and Records Administration is a federal agency charged with taking care of our country’s governmental and historical records, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The lengthy internal document—completed in April, but not released until earlier this month—never mentions critical race theory by name, but it uses all of critical race theory’s buzzwords, lingo, and style of analysis.
It highlights “white privilege,” “systemic racism,” and “equity” numerous times.
To no one’s surprise, it also cites The New York Times’ dubious 1619 Project and Ibram X. Kendi, the self-styled “anti-racist” whose ideas sound a lot like racism.
The Rotunda of the Capitol building itself is deeply problematic because, according to the task force, it “lauds wealthy white men in the nation’s founding while marginalizing BIPOC [black, Indigenous, and other people of color], women, and other communities.”
So, in the name of “diversity, equity, and inclusion,”—the “liberte, egalite, fraternite” of the modern age—the National Archives’ task force has recommended drastic changes to how our founding documents and the Founding Fathers are presented to the public.
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Because caring about freedom is sooo 19th century!
Lots of quota-hires on that task farce methinks.
The ideals of the founding fathers based on natural rights bestowed upon individuals (not identity groups) is very powerful and essential to our system of government. These ideals are contrary to CRT. Anyone who accepts “the deal from day one was individual rights and liberty” will immediately reject any proposals for “reparations.”
In the law, private property may not be taken except with “due process of law.” There must be a causal connection between the reason for the taking and what is taken. Externalities become a big problem. So, were your ancestors enslaved in the US or in Africa? Did your Chinese ancestors migrate to build the transcontinental railroad under inhuman conditions? What is the causal connection to me and my private property?
Historians argue that the frontier played a powerful role in building American society. For most people, if they did not like local economic and social conditions, they could move west and build a new life. (Many slaves escaped to the North or to Canada, and after the 13th Amendment, many freedmen became homesteaders out west.) When the National Archives work to put the founding documents into context, I hope they explain the nature of the political economy in 1700s, relationships with France and Spain (and the native Americans who were entangled into those relationships) and the “dead white men” who provided the intellectual framework for the founding fathers.