Staff for U.S. Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) would not say Friday whether the congressman agrees with National Archives bureaucrats who believe the U.S. Constitution should have a “warning label” due to “harmful content.”
Members of Cooper’s staff did not return two requests for comment before Friday’s stated deadline.
Cooper did not mention the issue in his weekly emailed newsletter to his constituents Friday.
The National Archives has placed warning labels on its digital display of America’s founding documents, including the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, warning they may contain “harmful language” that could offend viewers’ senses.
The labels come amidst a larger battle over political correctness inside the government’s main historical preservation agency, where new documents surfaced this week showing that about 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 and discussed deleting the “charters of freedom” descriptors for the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration.
The argument made was that the documents did “not result in freedoms for everyone” initially, the new memos show.
The same task force also argued back in June that the Archives’ rotunda, which houses some of the country’s most prized historical artifacts, was an example of “structural racism.”
Cooper told his constituents in an emailed newsletter in April that he favors statehood for Washington, D.C. Cooper also said that month that U.S. President Joe Biden’s executive plans on gun control will save lives.
Cooper also joined the U.S. House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in a letter asking Biden to use his authority under The National Firearms Act to regulate the sales of concealable assault-style weapons.
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