Home Uncategorized Altering History

Altering History

Imagine if the 9/11 museum in New York City altered the graphic images of that tragic event to avoid the sensitivities of young visitors.  The curators wisely chose to tackle the horror head-on, with appropriate warnings in some wings of the exhibit announcing the disturbing nature of some images and other content.

Not so at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  Touting itself as “the nation’s record keeper,” the independent government agency houses documents such as the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.  

And yet, when promoting an art display about the women’s suffrage movement, it did the unthinkable.  It changed history by altering a large photo depicting the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, blurring the word “Trump” on a protester’s sign which read “God Hates Trump,” as well as images of other protester signs containing words (like “pussy” and “vagina”) the Archives deemed “inappropriate.” 

A Washington Post reporter stumbled upon the alterations while visiting the Archives for a different story.

After some uproar, the Archives apologized for its alterations and promised to replace the photograph with the original.

Chalk this one down to a teachable moment. The Archives fixed its gaffe, albeit eight months after it first was displayed and only after the news media alerted the public to the irony of it all. Fortunately, the United States is not doomed to the regular practice of other empires which erase unpleasantness from their histories.  

Must Read

Court Clears Mary Trump’s Tell-All Book for Publication, But Efforts Continue to Block Other Books

A New York appellate court lifted a restraining order on the publisher of Mary Trump’s explosive tell-all book, which apparently will describe a “nightmare...

New York Judge Temporarily Blocks Tell-All Book Authored by President Trump’s Niece

In at least a temporary blow to the First Amendment rights of free speech and a free press, a state court judge in Poughkeepsie,...

Trump Family Seeks to Silence One of Their Own: President’s Brother Sues to Prevent Publication of Tell-All Book by President’s Niece

Fresh off an unsuccessful bid to have a federal court block the publication of former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s tell-all book about the...

By Seeking to Block Publication of Two Books, Trump World Will Face the “Streisand Effect”

A couple of quick tips if you’re in the book publishing world: First tip: If you’re a giant New York-based book publisher, try to get...

Court Denies Government’s Request to Prevent Publication of John Bolton’s Tell-All Book About the Trump Administration

In a sigh of relief for proponents of the First Amendment, a federal court judge in Washington, D.C. denied the Trump Administration’s request for...