President Donald Trump is continuing to wage battle against interpretations of history that he asserts are un-American.
Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded! https://t.co/dHsw6Y6Y3M— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2020
On Sunday morning, President Trump tweeted that an attack on the 1619 Project, threatening to withhold funds from California schools instructing the popular journalism project focused on the rise and effect of slavery from the United States. With his latest tweet, the President’s actions raise a troubling issue:
Why is the Trump administration threatening to question the way schools educate about the history of slavery and racism in the USA?
The President’s assertion came in response to some tweet in an unverified account saying that California schools had been teaching the 1619 Project program. If this is the case, they will not be financed!”
The 1619 Job was launched by the New York Times Magazine This past Year. After the launching, the Pulitzer Center was named an instruction partner for the job and declared its education team would develop educational tools and curricula for teachers to work with. The 1619 Job curriculum is available online for free through the middle.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican, has introduced legislation which would prevent schools from teaching the curriculum. The law, titled the Saving American History Act of 2020,”would prohibit using federal funds to educate the 1619 Job by K-12 schools or school districts. Schools that educate the 1619 Project would also be ineligible for national professional-development grants”
I just want to make sure I understand this correctly.— Malynda Hale (@MalyndaHale) September 6, 2020
Removing statues of glorified slave owners: Erasing history.
Teach the 1619 Project in schools because it’s what ACTUALLY happened: Defund the schools.
How does teaching ACTUAL American history make it unrecognizable? pic.twitter.com/x4OtPG6I8E
The law seems unlikely to acquire any significant traction in the Senate nevertheless acts in order for Cotton to send a message.
The New York Times Magazine show makes some suspicious claims, including that the American Revolution had been fought to preserve slavery. It claims the date of 1619, when slaves first arrived in the colonies, as America’s actual founding. Historians have taken issue with its wilder claims.
In August of 1619, a ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived at a port in the English colony of Virginia. The #1619Project explores how the years of slavery that followed still shape America today. https://t.co/1vkevK1KRz— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 6, 2020
Dutch Slave Ship Arrives In Virginia
Engraving shows the coming of a Dutch slave boat with a group of African Americans for sale,… [+] GETTY IMAGES
The 1619 Project is a long-form journalism and multimedia initiative of The New York Times Magazine, started in August of 2019, 400 years after African American slaves landed on the shores of America. In its own words, the project”aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the effects of the contributions of Black Americans in the very center of our national narrative.” Recently, the 1619 Job awakened with the Pulitzer Center to develop school program to use 1619 Project content in classrooms.
Trump’s Sunday morning tweet continues a trend of the government’s provocative activities regarding educational approaches to racial abuse in the united states.
Objections to the 1619 Project are less about “misstatements of historical fact,” than about the argument “that anti-black racism is a more intractable problem than most Americans are willing to admit,” @adamserwer wrote in 2019. https://t.co/SxeoluFipm— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) September 6, 2020
For example, on Fridaythe Trump administration announced that it was likely to cease diversity training which it deemed anti-American. In an two-page memo addressed to the direction of federal agencies, Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought specifically led federal executives to start the process of identifying contracts with race-related content that it finds offensive.
“These agencies have been directed to begin to recognize all contracts or other agency spending associated with any coaching on’critical race theory,”white morals,’ or any other propaganda or training effort that teaches or suggests (1) the United States is a inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is racist or bad,” the law states.
Regardless of the timing, the Trump’s tweet is not the first case the Trump government and its allies targeted at the 1619 Job.
The suggested laws asserts “an activist movement is now gaining momentum to refuse or obfuscate this history by asserting that America was not founded on the ideals of the Declaration [of Independence] but instead on slavery and oppression.” It goes on to state that”the 1619 Job is a divisive and revisionist accounts of history that endangers the integrity of the Union by denying that the actual principles in which it had been set.”
Both Trump’s tweet, in addition to Cotton’s proposed laws, whined a troubling question: why are Democratic leaders seeking to censor the instruction concerning the history of slavery and racism in the USA, and why today?
The project has attracted backlash from conservatives, who have”accused the writers of stoking racial division, pushing their ancestral ideologies, as well as rewriting history through’a racial lens’ — meaning throughout the point of view of Black Americans,” since Vox’s J. Brian Charles wrote annually.
Some historians have also expressed concerns over their belief that there are factual inaccuracies within the project, as The Atlantic reported, also in 2019.
“But the debates playing out now on social media and in op-eds between supporters and detractors of this 1619 Project misrepresent both the historical record and the historical profession,” Leslie M. Jones, a Northwestern University historian, wrote for Politico in March. “The United States wasn’t, in reality, founded to shield captivity –but the Times is appropriate that slavery was fundamental to its own story. And the argument among historians, while real, is black and white”
The President and Attorney General William Barr have stated that they don’t believe systemic racism is present in the United States.
In a private interview which aired Sunday with CNN’s Dana Bash, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris rebuked Trump along with Barr’s remarks about systemic racism in the US, saying they’re”spending total time at another truth.”
“We have two methods of justice” for both Black and White Americans,” Harris advised Bash.
The comments from the very first Black and South Asian woman on a major party presidential ticket encounter less than two weeks before the November election where Harris indicated Trump wasn’t even a”real leader” on racial justice.
“I really don’t feel that many reasonable individuals that are paying attention to the facts would dispute that there are racial disparities along with a system which has engaged in racism in terms of the way the laws have been enforced,” said Harris, a California senator and former state attorney general. “It does us no good to deny this. Let us just address it. Let us be fair. These may be difficult conversations for a few, but they’re not difficult conversations for leaders, but not for real leaders.”
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In a period when the United States is engaged in a emotional, and more confrontational, conversation within the heritage of its racist past, teachers across the USA are also exploring ways to better teach the narratives of racial privilege and injustice which have led into the pervasiveness of systemic racism in the usa. By threatening to censor content it finds objectionable, the Trump government isn’t only treading dangerously to the underlying principles of a free and democratic society; it is also acting in a deeply hypocritical fashion, as it otherwise normally supports local liberty on issues of education and college choice.
But perhaps most upsetting of all, Trump’s discussion and the arguments of his allies and administration reveal a belief that history should be instructed in a way that limits criticism of the United States. Further, Trump himself has demonstrated that his is ready to take action to constructively censor people whose views of background conflict with those of their government.
That’s not teaching background, that is forming national propaganda.
To get a president who proclaims that he has done much more to get the Black community than any other President in American history, his attempts to censor the painful story of the Black experience in America are a slap in the face of every Black person who dwelt history from the past to the current.
He knows racism is his only path to victory. Soon he's gonna make it illegal to teach Black folks how to read. https://t.co/9UgpzVwHkj— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) September 6, 2020
The project, made by Nikole Hannah-Jones, had been awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. However, multiple historians have repeatedly criticized that the collection of posts for several inaccuracies, including the debate that the American Revolution was fought to not achieve autonomy from Britain, but to maintain the institution of slavery.
In a statement, Cotton called the job”a divisive, revisionist accounts of history which denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our country was founded.”
After the publication of this project, The New York Times surfaced using the Pulitzer Center to develop free-to-download educational resources for teachers based on the project, according to the report. GOP Sen. Tom Cotton in July introduced legislation to prevent schools from teaching the curriculum, CNN noted.