NPR Gives Up On Declaration Of Independence Reading
National Public Radio (NPR) ended a more than three-decade-long tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence on Monday, July 4.
Reed’s book, “Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings,” discusses the children Jefferson fathered with Hemings, who was his slave. Lepore is the author of “These Truths,” which investigates the “beauty and tragedy” of America’s history.
The radio program, which is taxpayer-funded, read the document in 2021, while discussing it in the context of racial issues.
“After last summer’s protests and our national reckoning on race, the words in the document land differently,” NPR said.
The federal government budgeted $30 million for funding of public broadcasting in 2021, according to The New York Times.
“NPR is an independent nonprofit membership organization of separately licensed and operated public radio stations across the United States,” the Corporation for Public Broadcasting says.
H/T: Daily Caller