The New York Times launched their 1619 Project in 2019 with the goal of reframing American’s understanding of the founding of the United States. The Times contends that America didn’t begin with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, but rather with the introduction of chattel slavery into the country in 1619.
The 1619 Project is The Times’ attempt to rewrite all American history through the lens of slavery and is systematically aimed at providing this new history to young citizens in public schools. According to one report, the curriculum that has been developed as a part of the Project is already in over 3,500 schools around the nation. Additionally, “the CEO of Chicago Public Schools has pledged to send every Chicago high school 200-400 copies of 1619 Project.”
But patriotic Americans are fighting back. The new 1776 Project is a counter to The Times with the goal of giving a platform to independent voices “who uphold our country’s authentic founding virtues and values and challenge those who assert America is forever defined by its past failures, such as slavery.”
The 1776 Project features a myriad of reputable African American scholars like Shelby Steele, senior fellow at the Hoover Institute, journalist Clarence Page, Columbia University professor John McWhorter, DePaul University professor Jason D. Hill and community development leader Bob Woodson.
In a recent interview on Fox News’ “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Woodson didn’t mince words in his thoughts on the 1619 Project.
“It is one of the most diabolical, self-destructive ideas that I’ve ever heard,” Woodson told talk show host Mark Levin. “What they’re doing is rewriting American history and unfortunately, they are using the suffering and struggle of black America as a bludgeon to beat America and define America as a criminal organization.”
Sensing the potential power and reach of The Times’ 1619 Project, The Heritage Foundation has undertaken the challenge of rebutting its claim’s with a new initiative of its own called “1776: A Celebration of America.” The initiative features dozens of articles defending 1776 as the true founding of America, and dispelling the myths promulgated by The Times.
The New York Post is also pushing back against the 1619 Project. Rob Bluey, Vice President of Communications at The Heritage Foundation, tweeted a thank you to The Post for publishing five opinion-editorials (op-eds) in one-week countering The Times.
In one op-ed, columnist John Podhoretz took The Times to task arguing their new initiative makes it much more difficult for parents to teach their children to love America.
“In misinforming the citizenry and thereby making it vastly more difficult for parents to raise their children as proud Americans who must continue the great experiment in liberty that began in 1776, the elite hypocrites behind the 1619 Project are damaging the very republic that has made them first among equals,” Podhoretz said.
It’s good to see pushback against The Times’ attempt to rewrite American history. Let’s hope all Americans continue to learn real history, and embrace the principles found in The Declaration of Independence signed at the beginning of our nation on July 4, 1776.
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