Republican lawmakers are blasting out Joe Biden’s “dangerous” push for anti-racism lessons in schools
Joe Biden’s education secretary should forgo plans to provide scholarships to teach critical race theory and a controversial book on slavery, two Republican representatives have argued, claiming it would usher in a “ dangerous ” curriculum.
Miguel Cardona is considering providing grants through which taxpayer money would be spent teaching both The 1619 Project, originally from The New York Times, and Ibram Kendi’s book, How to Be an Anti-Racist.
Both works would be included in primary school curricula.
Miguel Cardona, the education secretary, is considering grants to teach ‘anti-racism’
Cardona, seen at a school in White Plains, New York, on April 22, received a letter about his plans
The 1619 project was launched by the New York Times in 2019 to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of African slaves in what would later become the US. The venture explores how slavery has shaped and continues to permeate all aspects of American society by building on early accounts largely omitted from the historical narrative taught in most schools.
The 1619 project was launched by The Times in 2019 to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of African slaves in what would later become the US.
New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer for the series
The company explores how slavery has shaped and continues to permeate all aspects of American society, drawing on early accounts largely omitted from the historical narrative taught in most schools.
The Times then partnered with the Pulitzer Center nonprofit to create a curriculum based on the primary and secondary schools project.
Critics say it rewrites American history and teaches young people to turn against their “racist” homeland.
Kendi’s 2019 book, meanwhile, has been criticized for being dogmatic and outrageous in diagnosing America’s troubled history.
It emerged on Tuesday that the two Republican politicians, Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, have written to Cardona urging a reconsideration of the subsidies to teach the two texts.
“It is therefore counterproductive and even dangerous to allow our vulnerable schoolchildren to learn the falsehoods that reign in the 1619 Project or in Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-Racist,” they write in their letter, obtained by Fox news.
Doug Lamborn of Colorado has written to Cardona expressing concern about the proposal
Jeff Duncan of South Carolina co-signed the letter to Cardona
New York Times’ 1619 Project
In August 2019, the New York Times Magazine published the 1619 Project, a collection of essays, photo essays, short fiction pieces and poems intended to ‘reformulate’ American history based on the impact of slaves brought to the US .
It was published to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in the English colonies.
It states that the nation was not born in 1776 with independence from the British crown, but in August 1619 with the arrival of a freighter of 20 to 30 enslaved Africans at Point Comfort in the Virginia colony, ushering in the system of slavery.
The project argues that slavery was the origin of the country and that “grew almost everything that made America truly exceptional.”
That includes economic power, industry, the electoral system, music, public health and education inequality, violence, income inequality, slang and racial hatred.
However, the project is debated among historians for its factual accuracy.
In March 2020, historian Leslie M. Harris, who served as fact-checker for the project, said authors ignored her corrections but believed the project was necessary to correct prevailing historical narratives.
One aspect that is under discussion is the timeline.
Time magazine said the first slaves arrived at a Spanish colony in what is now South Carolina in 1526, 93 years prior to landing in Jamestown.
Some experts say slaves first arrived at what is now Fort Monroe in Hampton, rather than Jamestown.
Others argue that the first Africans in Virginia were indentured servants, as lifelong slavery laws did not appear until the 17th century and the early 18th century, but essentially worked like slaves.
This book is at odds with the American Dream.
Additionally, the 1619 Project is a racially divisive revisionist account of history that aims to reframe U.S. history by marking the year by marking the year the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the base date of our nation. ‘
“The 1619 project is fundamentally contrary to our true founding date of 1776.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Lamborn told Fox News, “ Our schools clearly play a critical role in raising students’ awareness of the negative impacts of slavery and significant contributions from black Americans.
“However, we should never prioritize educational grants for schools that promote attacks on the principles enshrined in our constitution.”
Republican lawmakers in a handful of states, including Iowa and Missouri, continue its fight to ban it from schools.
In the state legislature, bills were passed that would punish school districts using the 1619 project by cutting back on federal funding.
Ibram X. Kendi published his book in 2019, to both acclaim and criticism
A major critic of the project was The Heritage Foundation, which says it has been “tireless in its efforts to debunk the radical and anti-American views of The New York Times and the” 1619 Project. “
One of The Heritage Foundation’s articles pointed to edits made by The Times after publication, including changing a phrase in journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’s editorial on the series to say that “ some ” settlers fought the American Revolution over to defend slavery.
Former President Donald Trump was especially angry with The 1619 Project, describing it as’ totally discredited ‘and as part of the’ twisted web of lies’ that has caught fire at American universities teaching that Americans are a ‘bad and racist nation ‘.
He formed a “Commission of 1776” to teach “patriotism.”
It released a report this year before being dropped by Biden.