by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 8, 2021) — An email received Wednesday night reported that a page on the website of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) containing an image of the U.S. Constitution and links to related articles contains a “Harmful Language Alert” at the top of the page.

Initially when this writer clicked on the following link: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1667751

the message appeared for a second or less, then disappeared. However, repeated opening of the link yielded the message fixed in the same location.

NARA has issued a page explaining “Potentially Harmful Content” which states:

The Catalog and web pages of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) provide access to many millions of descriptions and digital copies of the permanent records of the United States federal government.

The Catalog and web pages contain some content that may be harmful or difficult to view. NARA’s records span the history of the United States, and it is our charge to preserve and make available these historical records. As a result, some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions. In addition, some of the materials may relate to violent or graphic events and are preserved for their historical significance.

The National Archives is committed to working with staff, communities, and peer institutions to assess and update descriptions that are harmful and to establish standards and policies to prevent future harmful language in staff-generated descriptions.

Examples of objectionable content include, according to NARA:

  • “racist, sexist, ableist, misogynistic/misogynoir, and xenophobic opinions and attitudes;”
  • Material which “may” be “discriminatory towards or exclude diverse views on sexuality, gender, religion, and more;”
  • “include graphic content of historical events such as violent death, medical procedures, crime, wars/terrorist acts, natural disasters and more;”
  • and “demonstrate bias and exclusion in institutional collecting and digitization policies.”

According to The Free Dictionary, “ableist” means, “discriminating against disabled or handicapped people.”

To the FAQ, “How is this material described, and why are some of the terms used in the descriptions harmful?” NARA replies, in part:

  • Archivists often use a standardized set of terms, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings, to describe materials. Some of these terms are outdated, offensive, or insensitive.
  • In the past, the National Archives  has not had standards or policies to help archivists avoid harmful language. 

A footnote states the page was “last reviewed on July 29, 2021.”

The Post & Email contacted NARA through its website to ask if the “Harmful Language Alert” was placed on the U.S. Constitution’s page intentionally or if it is a technical error.  We will update this report if and when we receive a response.

Update, 8:34 a.m. EDT, September 9, 2021: The response received from the National Archives reads:

Dear Sharon Rondeau,

The harmful language alert is not connected to any specific records, but appears at the top of the page while you are using the online National Archives Catalog (https://catalog.archives.gov/).

The warning is placed there because original historical records may contain language that is racist or may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions. 

To learn more about why the alert about harmful language appears in our Catalog please go to https://www.archives.gov/research/reparative-description/harmful-content

Thank you for contacting the National Archives. We hope this information is helpful.
Sincerely, 

Web Team
National Archives and Records Administration

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  1. “The warning is placed there because original historical records may contain language that is racist or may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions.”

    That makes sense; for example, the U.S. Constitution as originally ratified condoned slavery. And the natural-born-citizen clause is xenophobic; whether rightfully so is a matter of debate.

  2. Quote from article at PostEmail, can’t remember which article it was, but this comment is appropriate almost every time and it has been appropriate with a few updates since 2009…………….

    Quote:
    “See, Joe “O”Biden is a puppet, and so is “O”Harris, and Obama does not have any significant influence.

    I disagree, there is IMO no way that is true……. Obama is getting the third term he openly said he wanted by pulling the strings of Joe Biden following the orders of Soros, or whoever is making the decisions to finish the destruction of America. Obama also picked Kamala Harris as Biden’s V. P. even though she was very unpopular because he wants still another ineligible president when she takes over for the feeble and demented Biden. The more ineligible people who become putative presidents or vice-presidents the less likely it is that Obama and/or both political parties will ever be changed with giving America’s government and her military to her enemies. That is what happened when the total fraud Obama was sworn-in, without objection by John Roberts in 2009. Biggest criminal act against American citizens and her Constitution in history, it is also why both parties fear the “birther” Donald Trump. They feared he would fully reveal and act on The Obama Fraud. They kept President Trump under siege and stole the 2020 election to prevent that from happening. Ignoring the usurpation of Obama because he is race and ineligibility protected means America is going to lose…forever. Only the truth will set us free again…………

    The pieces fit and the dots connect all the way back to 2008 when Hillary was told to drop out to insure Obama won the Democrat primary. She was promised the Secretary of state Job ($$$) in Obama’s administration and the after Obama cover presidency. If was an offer he had better not refuse. Hillary was not supposed to lose and especially not to Obama’s biggest nemesis, Donald J. Trump.

    IMO this is not hard to follow and understand…….problem is crimes too big to prosecute were committed and those complicit were given the task of investigating themselves……

    1. Dittos Bob68. Expose and prosecute the total life narrative and ID document fraud, criminal, and sedition activities of Obama and it will start an avalanche of other prosecutions that will bring down the Marxist cabal members that Obama dramatically facilitated to infiltrate our government and other “permanent influencer” institutions, and who are now revealing themselves and are no longer hiding their agenda efforts to undermine and bring down the USA. Many of this cabal are parts of the main stream media and they continue to protect Obama. Many of them will need to be prosecuted too. Obama is the lynch pin and major cause of the mess our nation is now in. See these lists for details about Obama’s life narrative and ID document fraud, crimes, and sedition activities: https://www.scribd.com/user/52640192/protectourliberty/lists

      CDR Kerchner (Ret) – http://www.ProtectOurLiberty.org

      1. Thank you CDR Kerchner…….and thank you for your great archives of information and evidence on The Obama Fraud. The Obama Fraud is easily
        the biggest criminal act against American citizens and her Constitution in history, and the criminals continue to find themselves not guilty of anything.
        Devastating to our nation, but not at all surprising…………….Almost 100% control of the media enabled their lies to be accepted as the truth by much of America, and we may never recover…………

  3. Good work Sharon.

    So NARA now considers historical documents to be potential harmful speech and thus is discouraging people from reading them with that warning, including the U.S. Constitution. It’s just more example of the Progressive far-left’s rapidly speeding up agenda to re-write history, change language and meaning of words, undermine our culture, and purge history per the teachings of Antonio Gramsci and others (as exemplified in the novel “1984”) in the last 100+ years in order to bring down the USA. Remember the quote “”Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past” from the novel “1984”. That is why the progressive Marxist want to re-write history, so they can control the future. And with Marxists that means total control.

    See this excellent new, short, must-read, easy to read book that discusses a dozen or so of the political philosophers and communists past and present (including Obama and Soros) who are behind all this directly, or indirectly via their progressive disciples: “Who Was Karl Marx?: The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today’s Rampaging American Left” — https://www.amazon.com/Who-Was-Karl-Marx-Rampaging/dp/B096TN7FQG/

    This book is a must read if you want to understand where all the plans, ideas, tactics, and strategy of the far-left came from. What is happening now is not by accident. This book clearly shows that. See my review of this important new book at the link below. Get a copy, read it, and share it with friends and associates.

    CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret) — https://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2021/06/27/who-was-karl-marx-the-men-the-motives-and-the-menace-behind-todays-rampaging-american-left-by-james-simpson/

  4. The National Archives has been compromised. Dr. Jerome Corsie and an associate went to the National Archives to select Microfilm with known dates and times of Barry Soetoro and alleged mother passing through Immigration Services where it would have been recorded and dated. This information would have included important International agreed upon information about the persons passing into the United States.
    On speaker phone in front of Congressman Michael Burgess, myself and Lead Investigator Mike Zullo from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Zullo explained in detail where Dr. Corsie obtained Micro Film spanning a specific entry date of Barry Soetoro AKA Barack Obama and mother. Upon study of the micro film it was determined the Micro Film had been compromised and these specific dates were removed from the National Archives System. Upon returning to the Archivists and asked where the missing information might be Mr. Zullo said that the National Archives lawyered up.
    Ed Sunderland

    1. Wasn’t there video of this meeting with Congressman Burgess that was mysteriously taken down shortly after it was posted to the Internet?

      Do any video copies of this meeting still exist?

      Why was it scrubbed in the first place?

  5. Hi Sharon,

    The title of your report, Does the National Archives Believe the Constitution Contains “Harmful Language?”, and the NARA clarification, “Potentially Harmful Content” to “to assess and update descriptions that are harmful and to establish standards and policies to prevent future harmful language in staff-generated descriptions.”, suggests a deeper look is needed at the genesis and intent to “prevent future harmful language” for visitors.

    Whose “mindset” is in charge now at the National Archives? Who decided, which person or persons, and what is their mindset, who decided that “harmful content” needed to be addressed when it has not been an issue before “the great reset” began?

    racist
    sexist
    ableist
    misogynistic/misogynoir
    xenophobic opinions
    and attitudes

    Material which “may” be “discriminatory towards or exclude diverse views on

    sexuality
    gender
    religion
    and more

    So, opinions and diverse views which express attitudes are now verboten (as Newt Gingrich said about being denied the freedom of mentioning George Soros’s name on FOX by two female FOX hosts) in America, the land of the free because of the brave? Verboten just as they were in nazi Germany if the opinions and diverse views were in opposition to the nazi ideology of the ruling elite, the thought police?

    Thanks. Just askin’ for millions of free thinkers who do not need to be protected from “harmful content” when history or current events are archived.

    PS.
    As it pertains to future National Archives material, Political Moonshine in his recent post, in the Historical Analysis by Era, starts in the 1940s and the Bush family. He asserts that RICO is relevant today.

    In paragraph 3 he wrote, “RICO is the U.S. code for high-value fraud and racketeering crimes and it applies to the COVID construct and its purveyors. Under RICO, the fraudulent construct is organized and operated by a Criminal Enterprise that is a basic analog for President Trump’s COVID-19 Task Force extended”.

    > https://politicalmoonshine.com/2021/09/03/flatten-the-curve-forever/?amp

    PPS.
    In the “The End and Goodby” at the end of the article, he says that this article is is last article because he has been terminated from his job (and income) for refusing to get a vaccine and for not wearing a mask, what I identify as the “mask of the beast” who is rising in America and around the world.

    Art