President Trump shredded schools teaching a revised history known as the “1619 project” and suggested that any schools teaching this could lose their federal funding.
The “1619 project” is The New York Times’ controversial re-framing of the Revolutionary War and America’s founding, which has been massively criticized by prominent historians. It suggests that America’s founding occurred in 1619 when the first slaves arrived to the new world, rather than 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
The anti-American revisionist history claims that capitalism was at the root of the Revolutionary War, and suggests that the Founding Fathers fought to preserve a slave economy from the British Empire, which, at the time, its author, Nikole Hannah-Jones claims, was on its way to abolishing the practice.
Early Sunday morning, President Trump announced on Twitter that the Department of Education was considering investigating if any schools were teaching this bizarre history of America and said if they were, they would be subject to no longer receiving federal funding.
The project is intended to suggest that America’s roots are in racism and forces the idea upon students that the Revolutionary war was fought to conserve slavery – a theory that is historically flawed according to top scholars.
The project, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones, was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary but multiple historians have criticized the series of articles for multiple inaccuracies, including the argument that the American Revolution was fought not to achieve independence from Britain, but to preserve the institution of slavery.
In a letter to The New York Times itself, a number of prominent historians said that the “1619 Project” twists “matters of verifiable fact” in ways that “cannot be described as interpretation or ‘framing’” and exhibits a complete “displacement of historical understanding by ideology.”
“These errors, which concern major events, cannot be described as interpretation or ‘framing,’” the historians wrote. “They are matters of verifiable fact, which are the foundation of both honest scholarship and honest journalism. They suggest a displacement of historical understanding by ideology. Dismissal of objections on racial grounds — that they are the objections of only ‘white historians’ — has affirmed that displacement.”
Various schools in left-wing states like California, New York, and Illinois, have already pledged to work the “1619 Project” into their history curriculum, prompting the necessary Department of Education review of their history curriculum.
Chicago’s and New York City’s school districts have both adjusted their history curriculum requirements to add aspects of the “1619 Project.”
“Department of Education is looking at this,” Trump tweeted in reference to the situation in California. “If so, they will not be funded!”
In July, Republican Senator Tim Scott announced he was working on a bill that would similarly cut funding to schools teaching this fake American history.
In a speech to the Senate earlier this summer, Cotton called the Project “a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded.”