Well that is certainly not okay.
Courtesy of Esquire:
American women won the right to vote in 1920, and the National Archives is currently presenting an exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the landmark civil rights victory. But visitors have noticed that one part of the historical exhibition is censoring recent history—a photograph from the 2017 Women’s March has been edited to blur anti-Trump protest signs.
The image is a picture of march attendees, and the word “Trump” has been blurred out of protest signs reading “God Hates Trump” and “Trump & GOP—Hands Off Women.” Words referencing genitalia on signs like “This Pussy Grabs Back” were also censored for the National Archives’ exhibit.
The Archives acknowledged making the changes in a statement to The Washington Post. “As a non-partisan, non-political federal agency, we blurred references to the President’s name on some posters, so as not to engage in current political controversy,” it read. “Our mission is to safeguard and provide access to the nation’s most important federal records, and our exhibits are one way in which we connect the American people to those records. Modifying the image was an attempt on our part to keep the focus on the records.”
But the anti-Trump protest messages are an integral part of the historical record of the Women’s March, which was organized in response to his election and first held just one day after his inauguration. The fourth annual march is being held Saturday.
As more and more people started to protest this censorship the National Archives had a change of heart.
Courtesy of the BBC:
The National Archives said it had removed the altered image.
In a statement shared on social media, the agency said it had “always been completely committed to preserving our archival holdings, without alteration.”
“This photo is not an archival record held by the National Archives, but one we licensed to use as a promotional graphic. Nonetheless, we were wrong to alter the image,” it said.
It added that the photo would be replaced “as soon as possible” with the unaltered image, and pledged to “immediately start a thorough review of our exhibit policies and procedures so that this does not happen again.”
The apology came as crowds gathered across the US on Saturday for the fourth annual women’s march.
Good for them.
Those signs represent the voices of millions of disaffected Americans and they deserve to be seen in their unaltered state by generations to come.