President Trump assesses history by blowing up a 1619 New York Times project that rethinks America’s history, focusing on the effects of slavery and the contributions of black Americans, while announcing the creation of a new “1776 commission.” restored “patriotism” in American schools.
At a historic conference at the White House on Thursday, he said the Times had desecrated America’s history.
“The left has distorted, distorted and corrupted American history with fraud, lies and lies. There is no better example than the completely discredited New York Times 1619 project,”
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” the president continued. “America’s founding gave rise to an unstoppable chain of events that abolished slavery, secured civil rights, defeated communism and fascism, and built the most just, equal, and prosperous nation in human history.”
Some of America’s founding fathers, such as George Washington, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson, owned slaves and whose properties depended on slave labor. Slavery is also enshrined in the Constitution with a three-fifths compromise, according to which three-fifths of the slave population will be accounted for in order to determine direct taxation and representation in the House of Representatives.
Mr Trump also called “critical race theory” a “Marxist doctrine”, arguing that “teaching this horrible doctrine to our children is a form of child abuse in the true sense of the word”.
On Thursday, the president also announced that he was setting up a commission to restore the patriotic education curriculum in American schools.
“The only way to national unity is through our shared identity as Americans. That’s why it’s so urgent that we’re finally restoring patriotic education in our schools,” Mr Trump said. “Under our leadership, the National Humanities Foundation has provided grants to support the development of a pro-American curriculum that celebrates the truth about the great history of our nation.”
Mr Trump signed an executive order “to set up a national commission to promote patriotic education”, saying it would be called the “1776 commission”.
Mr. Trump before thatof critical racial theory training among federal officials and other racial sensitivity trainings that discuss issues such as
New York Times spokesman Daniel Roades Ha responded to the president’s statement, saying the company was “proud” of the project “and will continue this vital journalism.”
“The 1619 project is a remarkable, groundbreaking journalism,” Roades Ha said. “This deepened many readers’ understanding of the nation’s past and required an important conversation about the long-term effects of slavery and its central role in American history. We are proud of it and will continue this vital journalism.”
Nicole Hannah-Jones of the New York Times won the Pulitzer Prize for Project 1619 in 2020. The name of the project comes from the year in which Africans first arrived on slave ships.