Sen. Tom Cotton introduced a bill this week that would strip funding from school districts that use The New York Times’s 1619 Project to teach American history. The feature, which won the Pulitzer Prize despite an avalanche of backlash from actual historians, has been proposed as a tool in public schools through which teachers could explain to students how the U.S. was founded for the purpose of putting black people into slavery.
Critics say the project is wildly inaccurate, unfair, and biased. Proponents like it because it’s based on critical race theory, it makes whites out to be the greatest villains of all time, and it paints America as systematically, irretrievably evil.
You know, the kind of stuff you want kids to grow up thinking.
“The New York Times’s 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded,” Cotton said in a statement. “Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage.”
The Saving American History Act of 2020 would require the Departments of Agriculture, Education, and HHS to deny education funds to districts that include the 1619 Project in their official curricula. Those schools that choose to incorporate the Project would also miss out on “federal professional-development grants.”
“An activist movement is now gaining momentum to deny or obfuscate history by claiming that America was not founded on the ideals of the Declaration of Independence but rather on slavery and oppression,” the bill reads. “The 1619 Project is a racially divisive and revisionist account of history that threatens the integrity of the Union by denying the true principles on which it was founded.”
Fact is, this is garbage history brought to us by a racially-motivated journalist – not a historian – and its central theories have been decisively debunked. America was not founded for the purposes of enslaving blacks. The Revolutionary War was not fought to retain the institution of slavery. America’s history has been filled with regrettable practices, no doubt, but the idea that this is a country built for and by white supremacists who continue to do everything they can to hold black people down? No, that has no place in a publicly-funded classroom.
Activist journalism is bad enough in our newspapers and on our televisions. For the love of all that is holy, can we at least keep it out of our schools?