Nikole Hannah-Jones, who founded the 1619 project last year, responded to Trump’s speech downplaying the historic legacy of slavery in the United States
The founder of The New York Times’ 1619 Project has hit President Trump back after he downplayed the historic legacy of slavery in the US and called for a “ patriotic curriculum ” to be taught in public schools.
Speaking on Thursday on the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the constitution, Trump announced that he will soon sign an order to promote patriotic education through an initiative dubbed the “ Commission of 1776. ”
The panel, he said, would be tasked with encouraging educators to educate students “ about the wonder of American history ” and plan for the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The move appeared to be an attack on The New York Times’ 1619 project, launched by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones in 2019, highlighting the long-term consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans.
The title refers to the year a ship arrived on American soil with the first enslaved Africans on board.
Speaking at the National Archives on Constitution Day, Trump announced that he will soon sign an order to promote patriotic education in public schools through an initiative dubbed the “ Commission of 1776. ”
Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize for her piece in the magazine, which published a series on the 400th anniversary of slavery in the United States.
She responded to Trump’s comments on Thursday night, saying that despite the new initiative, the country’s history of slavery cannot be erased.
“ These are tough times, but I take great satisfaction in knowing that now even Trump supporters know the date 1619 and mark it as the beginning of American slavery, ” she tweeted.
1619 is part of the national lexicon. That cannot be reversed, no matter how hard they try. ‘
The tweet received hundreds of mixed responses, with some users criticizing Hannah-Jones’ image of the US as’ bad ‘and her claims that US history should center around the onset of slavery.
Hannah-Jones defended her work on Twitter, which she said was designed to increase knowledge about slavery, not rewrite history
“I don’t think any reasonable person would dismiss the importance of 1619 or the history and legacy of racial slavery in America. The offense, I think, is the story that the United States is inherently bad, rather than an inherently good nation on a journey of democratization, ” said Twitter user Andre Belreken in response.
“ Aside from the point that the project doesn’t argue about evil anywhere, you’re a self-proclaimed history nerd, but do you think arguments about a country’s inherent goodness or badness embody valid historical criticism? ” She threw back.
It is also so strange to try to force people whose ancestors were enslaved by this country and then endured 100 years of racial apartheid and only 50 years of full legal citizenship to vouch for the inherent goodness of such a a country. What, ”she added.
The 1619 project emerged from last year’s Hannah-Jones essay, and with the help of the Pulitzer Center, educational materials were developed to increase knowledge about slavery, not rewrite history, according to the Times.
Hannah-Jones defended her work again Friday, tweeting that her project does not claim that 1619 is the true founder of the country, as critics claimed.
Trump ripped off the New York Times’ 1619 project, which grew out of Jones’s essay. The title refers to the year a ship arrived on American soil with the first enslaved Africans on board
Hannah-Jones said her project does not claim that 1619 is the true foundation of the country, as critics claim.
What the # 1619Project * does * is to invite the reader / listener to reflect on what it would * mean * to consider 1619 and the beginning of American slavery as our founding, as it states that 1619 is just as fundamental for the American story as 1776, ”she added.
However, Trump called the current efforts to take a revisionist look at the founding of the country “poisonous propaganda.”
“American parents will not accept indoctrination in our schools, cancel culture at work, or the suppression of traditional beliefs, culture and values in the public square,” he said. ‘Not anymore.’
Trump made the comments at what was billed as a conference on American history at the National Archives, which houses the country’s most valuable documents.
He warned those in attendance that “as we gather this afternoon, a radical movement is seeking to destroy this precious and precious legacy.”
The president tore into ‘radicals’ for causing ‘chaos’ in the country’s streets, and repeatedly tried to tie them to his political opponents.
Previously, Hannah-Jones had also criticized Trump’s initiative as an attack on the First Amendment to the Constitution, which she said hates the government’s attempts to censor speech and guarantee a free press.
The efforts of the President of the United States to use his powers to censor a work of American journalism by dictating what schools can and cannot teach and what American children should and should not teach should be deeply alarming. are for all Americans who value freedom of speech, ”she said.