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The 1619 Project – Which Argument Wins the History Lesson?
The 1619 project began in August 2019 on “the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.” Created by The New York Times Magazine “to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative,” the initiative has exploded ever since.
Sounds innocent enough. But, from where do they derive their historical points in drawing their conclusions? The 1619 Project says that “in August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the English colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists.” The first slaves, according to them, to arrive in America.
The author/activist of the article, “Nikole Hannah-Jones, the staff writer who was the project’s brainchild, won a Pulitzer Prize for her work.” So, it must be ground-breaking information based on facts, right? Not so fast.
According to the Heritage Foundation, Hannah-Jones’ main premise is that the American Revolution was fought to protect slavery.” That’s right; she claims that our ancestors fought to protect slavery. That’s a first.
To be precise, allow me to quote Heritage’s rendition directly of Hannah-Jones’ reasoning and goals for the 1619 Project and what opponents are saying about the Project itself:
- “Create enough hatred for the nation’s founding, its ideals, and for America’s majority group. This is the idea behind its ‘1619 Project.’
- The preeminent historian of the American Revolution, Gordon Wood, points out [in his article of December 24, 2019] that he does not know ‘of any colonist who said they wanted independence to preserve their slaves.’ Nor does anyone else. There is no historical record.
- For at least a generation, many colleges and universities have taught students that America fundamentally is a white supremacist regime in need of deconstruction. The 1619 Project explicitly targets middle and high-schoolers by offering an accompanying school curricula, so far largely untouched by this propaganda. But since the 1619 Project’s publication [according to the “Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting 2019 Annual Report”], tens of thousands of students in all 50 states have been taught parts of its curriculum.
- The overriding lesson is clear: young people must learn to despise their nation—its Constitution, ideals, economic system, and Founders. They must resent and reject their past; possess an aggressive, contemptuous, and disobedient attitude toward the present; and strive forcefully to create a triumphant future where the enemies of old are punished, and the innocent finally rule.
- Teaching young people that they have no country, that there is neither God nor justice, but only their own anger to right wrongs leads not to civilized self-rule, but to fanaticism and self-destruction.
- Hannah-Jones has spoken openly about the project’s second goal: ‘When my editor asks me, like, what’s your ultimate goal for the project, my ultimate goal is that there’ll be a reparations bill passed.’ In other words, as Americans learn to despise their country and their fellow citizens, they should demand a moral buyout, where moral debts are settled in cash.
- The project, as Hannah-Jones explains, is to get ‘white people to give up whiteness.’
- It’s the unmistakable logic of identity politics. Getting rid of ‘whiteness’ means that whites must stop thinking of themselves as a group.
- Hannah-Jones seems to think that both reparations and the dissolution of whiteness should be attempted, even if neither is likely to occur.”
Those are certainly interesting points. My interpretation is that communism and tyranny will be the end result, intended or not, in destroying America’s founding principles. In fact, we are nearly there.
Personally, I don’t care what color, religion, culture, background, sex, or political persuasion one claims. All I wonder is whether our country can survive movements such as the 1619 Project.
Saul Alinsky, known as the father of community organizing, gave the left a road map to transform America into a socialist, aka, communist nation. His blockbuster book Rules for Radicals is also sometimes referred to as the bible of the left. Hannah-Jones is a living example of one of his most radical adherents. She hopes others will buy into her ideology. How dumb do you have to be to believe that white people should give up whiteness to right the wrongs of the past?
What, if anything, can we do to fight back against such ridiculous albeit effective indoctrination? President Donald Trump gave us the answer. It’s called the 1776 Commission. It begins by denying the very notion that there’s “systemic” racism in the United States.
I’ve spoken with black leaders in my own community who have told me that I’ve no right to declare “systemic” racism non-existent because I’m white. This, after I researched that the definition of “systemic,” according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is being “experienced by the whole of an organization or a country and not just particular parts of it.” With that in mind, understand that when the police are described as being “systemically” racist, it refers to the entire organization, not just some “bad cops” within it. Likewise, calling America a “systemic” racist country translates to the entire country being racist, not merely a few bad apples. That’s ridiculous, and I won’t apologize for being a white person saying so.
Per McClatchy News on September 17, 2020, “President Donald Trump announced he would establish a commission to promote ‘patriotic education’ in the United States. He announced the plan, called The 1776 Commission, during a speech at the White House History Conference.
“According to Trump at the time, ‘[I]t will encourage educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding,’”
Trump had “repeatedly criticized the teaching of critical race theory in schools … calling it a Marxist doctrine and a form of child abuse in the truest sense of those words.”
He said that “‘Critical Race Theory is being forced into our children’s schools, it’s being imposed into workplace training and it’s been deployed to rip apart friends, neighbors, and families.’” Yes, this from the man who was accused of tweeting too much.
“On Sept. 4, Trump ordered federal agencies to halt any racial sensitivity training that involves Critical Race Theory or discussions of white privilege, calling them ‘un-American propaganda.’
“In that same speech, Trump ‘denied the existence of systemic racism in the United States” doubling “down on his criticisms of The 1619 Project, saying it teaches students that America was ‘founded on the principle of oppression, not freedom.’” I could not agree more.
Needless to say, as we are witnessing today, Trump’s directives are being reversed more every day.
The 1619 Project confirms that the Marxist Left wants to see America destroyed as the Founding Fathers envisioned it to be, and the America first crowd does not.
The question that really matters is… which argument will win the history lesson?
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