An academic “project” by leftist media to brand the United States as a slave empire, being gradually dismantled and improved by them, is now getting significant pushback, including from the president.
The group 1776 Unites, which says it wants to “shape the American future by drawing on the best of its past,” put out its first curriculum program this week in part to counter the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which seeks to reframe all of American history with slavery and blacks at its very center.
Developed by civil rights leader Bob Woodson and American Enterprise Institute scholar Ian Rowe, 1776 Unites will supply lesson plans, activities, reading lists and other resources to tell a “more complete and inspiring story of the history of African-Americans in the United States.”
President Trump himself has been a vocal critic of the 1619 Project, stating on Sept. 17 that it “rewrites American history to teach our children that we were founded on the principle of oppression, not freedom.”
According to FOX News, 1776 Unites says its new curriculum “maintains a special focus on stories that celebrate black excellence, reject victimhood culture, and showcase African-Americans who have prospered by embracing America’s founding ideals.”
The New York Times Magazine launched its 1619 Project last year on the 400th anniversary of the inception of slavery in America. The project aims 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.”
Based on guilt and culpability stemming from the skin color of children born long after slavery was ended, the Times’ project is being used on tens of thousands of students in all 50 states. Of course, the 1619 Project received gushing praise from leftist media. The director of the project won the Pulitzer Prize for her introductory essay.
It also has drawn criticism. A group of historians led by Princeton professor Sean Wilentz wrote a letter to the New York Times citing multiple fact errors in the project.
“On the American Revolution, pivotal to any account of our history, the project asserts that the founders declared the colonies’ independence of Britain ‘in order to ensure slavery would continue.’ This is not true,” said the letter, which the Times published in December 2019.