NPR gets an earful after claiming Declaration of Independence is riddled with ‘flaws’ and ‘hypocrisies’ NPR gets an earful after claiming Declaration of Independence is riddled with ‘flaws’ and ‘hypocrisies’ NPR gets an earful after claiming Declaration of Independence is riddled with ‘flaws’ and ‘hypocrisies’ 5 July 2021 07:53 AM: NPR has stirred up debate about the ‘flawed’ origins of the United States after the news outlet marked the July 4th holiday by tweeting out the Declaration of Independence – with some provocative footnotes.

It has become an annual tradition for the organization to mark Independence Day with a reading of the historic document, but this year’s rendition came with a disclaimer. 

“[A]fter last summer’s protests and our national reckoning on race, the words in the document land differently… It famously declares ‘that all men are created equal’ even though women, enslaved people and indigenous Americans were not held as equal at the time,” the outlet, which receives public funding, explained. 

This wasn’t NPR’s only grievance with the 245-year-old declaration. A reference to “Scotch & foreign mercenaries” was later edited out of the text, but “a racist slur about Native Americans” (a line denouncing internal strife provoked by “merciless Indian Savages”) survived the revisions. The document was also stripped of criticism of the slave trade in a bid to win support from southern colonists, NPR reported. 

Also on 'Black people still aren't free': Congressional 'Squad' member Cori Bush says July 4 is about freedom 'for white people'

On Twitter, NPR took a similarly critical approach towards the world-changing decree. The outlet prefaced a thread containing the full text of the document with the observation that it contains “flaws and deeply ingrained hypocrisies.”

— NPR (@NPR)

The commentary didn’t sit well with many on social media. 

Several people for NPR to be “defunded,” while others

that they had stopped donating to the organization due to its racial-tinged reporting. 

Others argued that NPR was being unfair, noting that any political document written more than two centuries ago will be considered flawed by modern standards. 

— The Centryst (@TheCentryst)

For some, NPR apparently didn’t go far enough. A particularly zealous of the text said that the Declaration of Independence was “signed by WHITE MEN IN WIGS and it’s a lie!” 

There were also more nuanced takes, however. The document may have been flawed but it nonetheless “established the best hope for all of us,” one comment read. 

— Carl Testerman (@Carl59194973)

NPR wasn’t alone in sharing a provocative interpretation of Independence Day. US Representative Cori Bush made headlines after suggesting that the holiday is about freedom for white people, but signifies “stolen land” and oppression for blacks. 

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

NEXT Ontario's use of notwithstanding clause in dispute with union a 'Pandora's box,' expert says
c 1976-2021 Arab News 24 Int'l - Canada: كافة حقوق الموقع والتصميم محفوظة لـ أخبار العرب-كندا
الآراء المنشورة في هذا الموقع، لا تعبر بالضرورة علي آراء الناشرأو محرري الموقع ولكن تعبر عن رأي كاتبيها
Opinion in this site does not reflect the opinion of the Publisher/ or the Editors, but reflects the opinion of its authors.
This website is Educational and Not for Profit to inform & educate the Arab Community in Canada & USA
This Website conforms to all Canadian Laws
Copyrights infringements: The news published here are a feed from different media, if there is any concern,
please contact us: arabnews AT and we will remove, rectify or address the matter.