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'It Wasn't Just the National Archives. The Library of Congress Also Balked at a Women's March Photo.' by Joe Heim
Joe Heim writes for The Washington Post, “The Library of Congress [LC] abandoned plans last year to showcase a mural-size photograph of demonstrators at the 2017 Women’s March in Washington because of concerns it would be perceived as critical of President Trump, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post.”
The library’s decision is the second-known instance of a federal government institution acting to prevent images it determined to be critical of Trump from being shown to the public. The National Archives said two weeks ago it made a mistake when it blurred out anti-Trump signs from a large photograph, also of the 2017 Women’s March but by a different photographer, that it displayed at the entrance of its exhibit on the history of women’s suffrage in the United States. The Archives has since removed the altered image and replaced it with the original. …
According to [LC spokesperson April] Slayton, the library’s exhibition team decided instead to use an image from the Women’s March in Houston that ‘represents the contemporary women’s movement without the vulgar language included in the original image.’ The largest visible sign in the replacement photo says, ‘Fight Like A Girl.’ …
‘People at these institutions were clearly scrambling to present a revisionist view of the Women’s March that wouldn’t get them in trouble with the current administration,’ Rinku Sen, co-president of the Women’s March board of directors, said in an email. ‘But, let us be clear: removing the anti-Trump references from images or choosing an image without such a reference obscures the fact that the Women’s March was a pointed oppositional action, not just a sweet expression of women’s empowerment. Public institutions have a responsibility to present us accurately.’
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