President Donald Trump boasts about supposedly being the most transparent administration in history, but he’s such a snowflake that even the National Archives is censoring historical Women’s March photographs that are critical of him.
The National Archives has an exhibit comparing the 2017 Women’s March to the women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th century. During the Women’s March, women from across the country flocked to Washington DC, many of them bringing signs critical of Trump and his behavior towards women and his anti-women policies.
But a Washington Post investigation discovered that the National Archives, which is the guardian of our nation’s history, engaged in censorship by blurring out Trump’s name as well as scientific terms for female reproductive organs.
“The 49-by-69-inch photograph is a powerful display,” the newspaper said. “Viewed from one perspective, it shows the 2017 march. Viewed from another angle, it shifts to show a 1913 black-and-white image of a women’s suffrage march also on Pennsylvania Avenue. The display links momentous demonstrations for women’s rights more than a century apart on the same stretch of pavement. But a closer look reveals a different story.”
“The Archives acknowledged in a statement this week that it made multiple alterations to the photo of the 2017 Women’s March showcased at the museum, blurring signs held by marchers that were critical of Trump,” the paper continued. “Words on signs that referenced women’s anatomy were also blurred. A placard that proclaims ‘God Hates Trump’ has ‘Trump’ blotted out so that it reads ‘God Hates.’ A sign that reads ‘Trump & GOP — Hands Off Women’ has the word Trump blurred out.”
This explosive revelation comes just days after Virginia gave women across the country something to celebrate when it became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
National Archives blurs images critical of President Trump in a photo of the 2017 Women’s March. The photo welcomes visitors to exhibit on 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Also blurred out in photo are signs that reference women’s anatomy. https://t.co/D0vqZMGtVf
— Joe Heim (@JoeHeim) January 18, 2020
The National Archives excused the censorship by claiming it was necessary to avoid “political controversy.”
Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, however, slammed the National Archives in response.
“There’s no reason for the National Archives to ever digitally alter a historic photograph,” Brinkley said. “If they don’t want to use a specific image, then don’t use it. But to confuse the public is reprehensible. The head of the Archives has to very quickly fix this damage. A lot of history is messy, and there’s zero reason why the Archives can’t be upfront about a photo from a women’s march.”
This egregious action taken by the National Archives makes it appear that they are also charged with soothing Trump’s ego. The fact is the Women’s March was a protest against him, and the National Archives has no business trying to hide that fact from the public and from future generations. And it makes one wonder if the National Archives can be trusted to keep other records without altering them to suit Trump’s agenda.
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