National Archive Aims to Relabel Constitution and Declaration of Independence

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A “racism task force” charged with updating the National Archives — home of the nation’s founding documents — reportedly blasted the term used to characterize the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights, “Charters of Freedom,”   because the documents did not immediately guarantee freedom for everyone.

According to Fox News, which obtained a recording of one of the task force’s meetings through the Freedom of Information Act, members of the task force decried the term “charters of freedom” and demanded that the nation’s founding documents be relabeled on the website and the slogan removed from the documents’ physical display in the National Archives Rotunda.

“Approximately 800 National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) employees from across the country attended a town hall meeting of the Archives’ Task Force on Racism on May 11,” Fox News noted. “During the presentation, a museum subgroup recommended that NARA ‘retire’ the term ‘charters of freedom’ as descriptors for the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.”

“We should retire the term charters of freedom and remove it from our web pages, publications and exhibits because, as we learned, these documents did not result in freedom for everyone,” one task force member is recorded as saying.

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