National Archives Now Display ‘Trigger Warnings’ Before Reading Constitution, Declaration of Independence

By KAZ Vorpal (Flickr: Declaration of Independence, with Firearm) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The National Archives now displays a “trigger warning” before website visitors are allowed to read American’s founding documents. The warning alerts website visitors reading the Constitution and The Declaration of Independence that the documents may contain “harmful language” before they’re led to the online documents.

The Daily Wire reports:

Digital copies of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, most notably, now feature a “Harmful Language Alert,” which appears at the top of the page, and directs users to a National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) statement on “potentially harmful content.”

The NARA didn’t specifically name what from the documents is considered “harmful language” however NARA says that documents containing “racist, discriminatory, exclude diverse views on sexuality, gender, religion, or include graphic content” could be hit with the label.

Trigger warnings are listed as just one of a number of solutions to the problem of providing historical documents to an increasingly “diverse community,” the NARA notes, and are part of an “institutional commitment” to “diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

“The Catalog and web pages contain some content that may be harmful or difficult to view,” NARA said in a statement released at the end of July. “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 As a result, some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions.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.”

When a commentator on social media suggested that it was outrageous that America’s founding documents would require a trigger warning, the National Archives was quick to respond by noting that the alert is “not connected to any specific record, but appears at the top of the page while you are using the online Catalog.”

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  2. It was stated in the above article; “As a result, some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions.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.”
    What is/was written into the so-called potential dangerous pages, and, dangerous wordings are only a view of someone or someone’s that are emotionally childish or insecure emotionally.
    Therefore, in my opinion, there us absolutely nothing incorrect or dangerous written in the papers of our founding fathers.

    1. Of course there’s nothing wrong with these historical documents, John. What’s wrong is the very idea that they could possibly “trigger” anyone. Just one more way to attempt to destroy our history, and start it over in 2008, which is when mr Obama and his mrs initiated this great racial divide we’re experiencing today. 🙁

      1. Yes they hate everything American, USA, why do they still live here. They could certainly afford to go elsewhere and setup shop! Good Bye.

    2. Actually, today, the very idea of real freedom triggers a lot of people, as true freedom carries with it the idea of hard work, responsibility to one’s self, family, as well as those around you. It entails the idea of a work ethic (did I actually say ‘work’?) community responsibility, honesty, integrity, loyalty, as well as many other things that the Founders stood for, as well as several died for.

      These are all things that people today, and many of the kids that have been taught in colleges have learned to despise and laugh at, as meaningless concepts. And in the process, we can now see the country and the entire planet start to unravel. Great job by you, Democrats, Progressives, Communists. Your work is nearly complete.

    1. That’s my question — whose demented idea was this??? And why don’t we hear about it until after it’s done? Somebody needs to put an immediate halt on this, but who would that be? 🙁

  3. Anybody that doesn’t like the way our founding documents sound needs to catch the next flight out to the country of their choice and STAY THERE!

  4. It won’t stop here. The woke mobs will next demand that the documents be taken off display like those “offensive” monuments. It wouldn’t surprise me if they demanded they be burned outright.

  5. My God, liberal Democrats need to be put into “Insane Asylums”. They find something to complain about or to bitch about in LITERALLY everything.

  6. Some poow wittew pwogwessive snow fwake might come awong and be offended. Boo hoo hoo! Boo hoo hoo! When the government dons the robes of the tyrant, it is the duty of the populace to rise up and replace them. Send the bastards packing!

  7. The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights are the Foundation of our Republic. Yes we are a Republic, not a Democracy. If the Marxist Twits cannot deal with that they can go to Cuba, Venezuela, or China. Maybe they will feel less mentally traumatized.

      1. Now THAT is something that I wouldn’t mind spending tax money on. The flight needs to be one-way. Once they figure out how downright awful it is to live there they will be crying to come back, but it will probably be years before they can afford to buy a return ticket.

    1. Thank you for including the Declaration of Independence. It is and was the Founding document and IS the preamble and the first page of the Constitution, was NEVER REVOKED. It was AMENDED many years later by the Constitution, HOWEVER SCOTUS has attempted to REVOKE the Declaration by its decisions. They could NOT be more wrong.

  8. Our government and institutions are getting stupider by the second and causing more harm to all people than any other thing!

  9. There seems to be no limit to the ignorance and stupidity of some of our countrymen and women…Those documents are, and have been, the foundation of our country. Don’t like them…go elsewhere….

    1. Yes if you don’t like it leave, there are millions waiting, and walking here to get in! They will gladly take your spot.

  10. OMG! That is the MOST RIDICULOUS THING EVER! For the love of God, would people STOP cow towing to those immature, demanding childlike adults who wear their emotions on their sleeves instead of acting like grown ups! This is so disgusting and condescending to any adult with an intelligent brain!

    Here’s what I would say to those self worshipping little airheads: Try using that grey matter inside your head once in a while to understand what you are reading! If you are so emotionally immature and need to be warned about language (which there is NOTHING OFFENSIVE IN OUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE NOR OUR U.S. CONSTITUTION) perhaps you should grow up and mature more so you understand what it means!

    WHAT A BUNCH OF “TWITS”! I am so done with these emotionally stunted babies! Grow Up or GET OUT! America wants courageous brave citizens, NOT cry babies!

  11. What a bunch of SICK, HATEFUL, IGNORANT, BIGOTED excuses for Americans. I’m even ashamed to be in the same country as they are. One of these days soon(I hope) God will put an end to all of them; but I’m afraid it’s going tp get worse before it gets better.

  12. When this country was first founded by the Puritans, it was because they wanted religious freedom. In time it became clear that to be free they must separate from the King of England. It took much hardship and many deaths to accomplish that freedom.
    After wining the finest minds gave their time and efforts to write a Constitution that reflected the rights and freedom of religion. That is to say freedom OF not FROM religion.
    Through the years many heroes died to preserve this country. Now there is a faction that wants to tear us down.
    I suggest that if you liberals don’t like it here, that you move to Russia, Argentina, Cuba, or China. That seems to be your ideal.
    If a movement is started to make this move I will be among the first to donate for the plane tickets.

  13. All Historical documents must be taken within the context of the era, politically and even militarily. Attempting to read such documents from a current perspective and from a point of view of any specific person, race or religion could be problematic.
    This is one reason why all the founding documents of the USA must be viewed, read, and interpreted in the language and intent of their time, including the supporting arguments and writings of the authors.
    This means that one can not use a 2021 dictionary to interpret the meanings of such documents. The 1st edition of Webster is possibly the best approximation of meaning in the late 18th century.
    This also means that any attempt to interpret by today’s thought, legal and social standards violates those documents altogether. Listen up SCOTUS, those documents are NOT LIVING DOCUMENTS and never have been, they are literally CARVED IN STONE.
    I would MUCH rather see a warning that reading the documents without the socio-political and linguistic narrative of their time will result in mis-interpretation as to fact.

  14. It is well past time to remove the communists from the USA. All communists should be investigated, charged, tried, then removed from the USA. They should be sent to North Korea, China, or some other communist country. They should feel right at home.

  15. Time for everyone who is woke to now be given a taste of their own medicine. This group or groups of POS idiots are the scourge of what’s wrong in America. If they don’t like it here and who we are it’s time for them to disappear. Woke get out of our country as you don’t deserve to be apart of our country. Suggestions to where to go is China as they will make sure you live a free life and let you do without hurting anyone or HELl where you will burn for eternity.

  16. both refer to God Almighty or Providence if you will, and the commies cannot tolerate
    any deity greater than or higher than they ! Just ask a 4th grade school teacher !

    On Sept 29, 1959, almost 61 years, since Russia’s Khrushchev told America:”Your children’s children will live under communism, You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright; but we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find you already have Communism. We will not have to fight you; We will so weaken your economy, until you will fall like overripe fruit into our hands.” “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

  17. Harmful language? Freedom is harmful? Okay, the need for a civil war is now irreversible and needs to come about soon than later. This leftist scum needs to be wiped from the earth.


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