Did you know that your tax dollars might be funding the teaching of fake history to your children? It’s true. But, thankfully, one senator is now trying to put an end to it.
Breitbart reports that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has introduced a bill that would stop federal funds from going to educational institutions that teach the New York Time’s “1619 Project.”
Here’s how the Times defines its “1619 Project:”
The 1619 Project . . . aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
According to lead author Nikole Hannah-Jones – not a historian, but a journalist – America wasn’t founded in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence, but in 1619 when the slaves first arrived in the colonies. Everything that happened thereafter, asserts Hannah-Jones, is thus related to slavery, including the American Revolution, which she claims was actually fought to protect slavery.
To put it politely, the whole project is nonsense. It has received widespread criticism from leading liberal and conservative historians, who, according to the Washington Times‘ editorial board, “went through her research and found no evidence supporting her contention. (They did, however, find a trove of historical inaccuracies and distortions.)”
Nevertheless, according to Sen. Cotton, this fake history is already part of the curriculum in public schools in Chicago, Illinois, Newark, New Jersey, Buffalo, New York, and Washington, D.C. In short, your money could be funding the corrupting of America’s youth.
Time to put an end to this
Sen. Cotton is now looking to address this situation with a piece of legislation he introduced last Thursday called “The Saving American History Act of 2020.” The bill, if passed, would take federal funding away from schools that teach the 1619 project.
“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 wrote on Twitter. “Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage.”
When fake history and fake news collide
In promoting his bill over the weekend, Cotton got into an exchange on social media with Hannah-Jones herself. It didn’t last long.
It started, according to Fox News, when the Political Wire’s Teagan Goddard reported Cotton as saying that “slavery was a ‘necessary evil'” when he actually said that “the Founders viewed slavery as a necessary evil.” Cotton called Goddard’s post “the definition of fake news.” Then, Hannah-Jones got involved, writing:
If chattel slavery—heritable, generational, permanent, race-based slavery where it was legal to rape, torture, and sell human beings for profit—were a “necessary evil” as @TomCottonAR says, it’s hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end.
Cotton replied, “describing the *views of the Founders* is not an endorsement or an attempt at justification. No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right.” And, that was the end of that.
Let’s hope Cotton’s bill is also the end of the 1619 project being taught in schools. We don’t need some New York Times journalist brainwashing our children with her historical fiction.