*Spoiler Alert + Trigger Warning for sexual violence and general violence.*

“People think they want something. But they don’t.”

Tweet from Brandon David Wilson

The opening quote is a subtweet to the tweet above both shared by Brandon David Wilson on April 10, 2021, about Them (2021), a ten-episode series that premiered on April 9, on Amazon Prime. Them, created and executive produced by Little Marvin and executive produced by Lena Waithe and directors include Janicza Bravo, depicts the experience of a Black family that integrates the all-White neighborhood of Compton, CA in the 1950s. Yep, that’s right, like Flatbush…

The following is the letter sent to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training on the one-year anniversary of unRedact the Facts. The letter accompanied the signed Call to Action letter.

As stated with the Call to Action, the goal for this Call is to illustrate that there is support in historic preservation and beyond for using the active voice in the way we interpret sites, to move away from replacing White people, etc. …

It all began with the Instagram post shared by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, on May 31, 2020 (at right). The markups show the active voice revision to their passive voice description of the human trafficking during US slavery that took place in a building they own in Washington, DC.

Hi, hello,

Since June 6, 2020, I have asked the National Trust for Historic Preservation to use the active voice when they interpret sites related to slavery. I have done so, with active voice revisions. So far, I have received three replies, all stating that they are reviewing my concerns, yet no timeline on: (1) when they will change their language/grammar and/or (2) revise their captions per my revisions. The last revision I sent to the National Trust (Feb. 20, 2021) included cited sources and an offer to collaborate with them on the revisions.

The goal for this Call to…


unRedact The Facts of history to tell a full(er) (hi)story for racial equity + healing . Powered by a Black woman + her joy . unredacthefacts.com

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