The 1619 Project
With all this renewed interest in the history of slavery there has been a new educational project put together to teach students more about the institution of slavery over the sanitized version most get these days…. this attempt has been called “The 1619 Project”…….I covered this attempt on my op-ed blog……https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2020/08/30/that-1619-project/
I bring this up again because the president has said that schools that teach his will not be getting their federal funds…..(this from Epoch Times….not a source that I would go to regularly)
President Donald Trump on Sunday warned the Department of Education is investigating the use of the New York Times’ “1619 Project” in schools, saying that institutions that use the alternative narrative of U.S. history could lose federal funding.
The “1619 Project,” created by Nikole Hannah-Jones and widely panned by historians and political scientists, attempts to cast the Atlantic slave trade as the dominant factor in the founding of America instead of ideals such as individual liberty and natural rights. Some critics have said that it is an attempt to rewrite U.S. history through a left-wing lens. Some historians have criticized the project over inaccuracies such as the American Revolution having been fought to preserve the institution of slavery rather than for seeking independence from Britain.
“Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded!” Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday, responding to a post that said California has “implemented the 1619 project into the public schools,” and that “soon you won’t recognize [A]merica.” California’s Department of Education came up with a draft model last month to include some of the project in history classes.
Let me see if I have this right….the president does not like the historical project so he will punish schools that teach it…..is that not what a dictator would do….that is if we had one in power?
I do think that the institution of slavery needs more attention in our schools, K-12, to ignore it is to ignore a principle of our Founding.
I cannot see how the founding was “all about” individual freedoms”……blacks and women were not equal or particularly free….the see it any other way is just an excellent whitewashing of history.
This country needs to have that “conversation” on slavery and it needs to stop hiding behind sanitized revisionism before it can be had.
I Read, I Write, You KNow
“lego ergo scribo”