The ‘1619 Project’ Isn’t Anti-American — It’s Anti-White Identity Politics – Eric Levitz, New York Magazine, August 23, 2019 We are committing educational malpractice: Why slavery is mistaught — and worse — in American schools – Nikita Stewart, New York Times editorials, August 19, 2019 The idea that the American Revolution was fomented in order to protect slavery is simply ridiculous. “Now we have to regroup,” Baquet told the assembled troops, “and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story.” What story? The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. And odd Negroes, w[hich] the Governo[r] and Cape Merchant bought for victuals.” Quoth the Pulitzer citation: For a sweeping, deeply reported and personal essay for the ground-breaking 1619 Project, which seeks to place the enslavement of Africans at the center of America’s story, prompting public conversation about the nation’s founding and evolution. Of course, “some might argue” any number of incredible things: that the earth is flat, that the moon is made of green cheese, that The New York Times is still a responsible source of news and even-handed commentary. Learn how your support contributes to our continued defense of truth. “Awarded itself”? But truth does not matter when there is a political agenda to be advanced. The American colonists might talk about liberty. It’s just that it is controlled—de facto, if not de jure—by the Times and a handful of like-minded entities.Which of course is the reason that the Times has accumulated so many of them. The object of this History is to console the reader.”. All this is the tragedy. “That, to me,” Baquet concluded, “is the vision for coverage. Last summer, he huddled with his staff in a town-hall-style meeting—the proceedings of which were promptly leaked—and acknowledged a sad truth: “We built our newsroom to cover one story” (the now-debunked story that Donald Trump had “colluded” with Russia to steal the 2016 election). The 1619 Project from The New York Times Magazine is inaugurated with a special issue that examines the modern-day legacy of slavery through over 30 essays and creative works. Forget about the Stamp Act, the, Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts, “No taxation without representation,” etc. When they are not giving awards to anti-capitalist, racially charged fictions masquerading as history—or tendentious politicized fictions like their “investigations” into non-existent collusion between Donald Trump and “the Russians,” for which they awarded themselves a Prize last year—they are giving them to twisted new-age self-dramatizations such as The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, by Anne Boyer, “An elegant and unforgettable narrative about the brutality of illness and the capitalism of cancer care in America.” The “capitalism of cancer care”? In August 2019, the New York Times Magazine launched The 1619 Project on the 400 th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Jamestown. T here is something almost antique about progressives in 2019, at least when they are defending the New York Times ’ 1619 Project, a series of essays examining the legacy of … “[A]ny report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda,” Duranty wrote at the height of Stalin’s forced famine in the early 1930s. For two years, the Times had invested heavily in the vaudeville entertainment called “Trump–Russia.” The spectacular failure of its leading man, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, to deliver a happy ending to that fiasco underscored the essential futility of the entire enterprise. Copyright © 1982-2020 All rights reserved. http://pulitzercenter.org/builder/lesson/reading-guide-quotes-key-terms-and-questions-26504 It is increasingly a niche publication for the credentialed, politically correct nomenklatura, totally out of touch with the main current of America and held afloat only by its unremitting attacks on anything to do with Donald Trump. In January, we reported on The 1619 Project. And slavery in the United States was only a small part of a larger world process that unfolded over many centuries. The revisions to the project have generated a lot of coverage and commentary, including by the most senior figures at the NY Times (CNN called the statement - later retracted - by the NY Times Writers' Guild an "extraordinary move": "1619 Project faces renewed criticism — this time from within The New York Times"). Considered as an intellectual artifact, The 1619 Project has been thoroughly, utterly discredited. That is part of the farce. Read preview. Among the Times’s allies in this effort to revolutionize the teaching of American history on the basis of a malign racialist fantasy is The Pulitzer Center, which declared that it was “proud to be the education partner for The 1619 Project.” All the news reports noting the participation of the Pulitzer Center were careful to point out that it was unaffiliated with the Pulitzer Prizes. Roger Kimball introduces the June issue K ar l Marx did not make many witty remarks. The story didn’t pan out. . Moreover, the African slaves were not “kidnapped” by American or British slavers, as Hannah-Jones asserts, but were sold by other black Africans who were happy to profit by selling people they had enslaved to the colonists. It was, we said, “a stupefying race-based fantasy about the origins of the United States.” We quoted the essay by Hannah-Jones, who claimed that “[O]ne of the primary reasons the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery.” Indeed, according to Hannah-Jones and her fellow fantasists, America was started and perpetuated as a “slavocracy.” The entire country, they asserted, was built on the “system of slavery” inaugurated when the first English privateer carrying African slaves hove into view off the coast of Virginia in August 1619. This was something that Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the Times, grasped instantly. Henceforth, or at least “for the next two years”—the remainder of Trump’s first term—the Times was going all in on “race, and other divisions.” Robert Mueller couldn’t get Trump. You might say, Who cares about insane rantings in The New York Times? We suppose it is a mark of how extreme is The New York Times’s latest attack on America that some of the most vigorous rejoinders appear in the World Socialist Web Site, which has run long interviews with two deans of the history of the American Founding, James McPherson and Gordon Wood, neither of whom were consulted by the Times for The 1619 Project. 1619 Project: The NYT's Disinformation Campagin Roger Kimball, The New Criterion December 22, 2019 AP Photo/Richard Drew, File On The … In January, we noted that “various public school districts, including some in Chicago” had announced that they would supplement their curricula by distributing copies of The 1619 Project to students. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about … Guelzo was doubtless right when he noted in The Wall Street Journal recently that while those associated with The 1619 Project will wave the Pulitzer as “credibility insurance,” “credibility isn’t the same as truth.” Indeed. The National Association of Scholars has inaugurated the “1620 Project,” not just to commemorate the signing of the Mayflower Compact—a much more significant event in the history of the United States—but also to provide an occasion for thoughtful responses to some of the more outlandish claims made by Hannah-Jones and the other writers involved in the Times’s latest campaign of disinformation. And though the copies will be paid for by the Times and donors, taxpayers will still be indirectly funding a version of history that is politically tendentious and wildly at odds with the facts. . The 1619 Project and the denial of history ... among the early wave of the more than 12 million Africans sent across the Atlantic to live and die in slavery in the New World. Read Full Article » Related Topics: New York Times, 1619 Project But the sad if almost incredible truth is that in some quarters such an award still confers prestige upon the recipient, as even publishing in The New York Times does, or so we are told. This is true. It was to console its core readership that The New York Times undertook The 1619 Project in a special flood-the-zone issue of its Sunday magazine in August and then in a snazzy, graphics-heavy series of features on its website. But if one were to take the metaphor seriously, as tantamount to asserting that anti-black racism is an essential and therefore unalterable characteristic of America, then the whole 1619 Project would be pointless from the get-go. McPherson, though eminently circumspect, concludes that The 1619 Project is. The lead essay, by the black journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, the “architect” of The 1619 Project, set the tone. Someone tells you that the Apollo 11 moon landing was a carefully staged hoax perpetrated by nasa or the Trilateral Commission or whatever. What they really cared about, according to this malignant fairy tale, was preserving and extending the institution of slavery. In 1619, just 12 years after the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, the Jamestown colonists bought the […] On the contrary, “it is the northern states in 1776 that are the world’s leaders in the antislavery cause. Fortunately, a rational, historically informed response to The 1619 Project has been building. McPherson trod delicately but nonetheless concluded with the brutal assessment that The 1619 Project provided “a very unbalanced, one-sided account, which lacked context and perspective on the complexity of slavery.” Wood concurred and went further. Presumably, however, neither Hannah-Jones nor the Times intends for us to take the metaphor quite so seriously. And that is the problem. That included the World Socialist Web Site—and let us insert a notional exclamation mark here—which ran long interviews with James McPherson and Gordon Wood, among the most distinguished historians of the American Founding. On the contrary, Wood noted, “it is the northern states in 1776 that are the world’s leaders in the antislavery cause. Articles featured in The New Criterion on 1619-project. All that, utterly unmentioned by Ms. Hannah-Jones, was mere window dressing. Its stated goal was “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.” For the Times, it fits in with what Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff called its “irresistible urge to delegitimize America.” That is the ultimate aim of The 1619 Project: to deliver another blow in the campaign to besmirch and diminish the political and moral achievement that is the United States of America. The idea that the American Revolution was fomented in order to protect slavery is simply ridiculous. T It was absurd that a piece of something so disreputable and intellectually bankrupt as The 1619 Project should be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. It would be like complaining about the roundness of a circle or the wetness of water. The farce is now upon us. . Isn’t there an independent committee that decides who and what institutions receive what prize? Published in August 2019—400 years after the arrival of African slaves in Virginia—the project‘s essays took up almost the entire New York Times Magazine plus a ‘broadsheet” of African-American history prepared with the Smithsonian Institution. Maybe the Times could by writing about race in a “thoughtful,” i.e., obsessive and one-sided, way—“something,” Baquet added “we haven’t done in a large way in a long time.”, So there you have it. But with the news that the Times had awarded itself a Pulitzer Prize for the lead essay from the 1619 Project, the façade of independence cracked. Indeed, various public school districts, including some in Chicago, have announced that they will supplement their curricula by distributing copies of The 1619 Project to students, thereby promulgating the racialist worldview expounded by that “major” “reframing” of our history. Readers of the satirical classic 1066 and All That know what fun can be had if you go about your job as a storyteller serving up “all the History you can remember” and pretending that it is the truth. The American colonists might talk about liberty. It is as despicable as it is mendacious. They were wrong about the timing of that, but the fact remains, as Wood notes, that the Constitution (Article I, Section 9) set an end date on the importation of slaves and that “most Americans were confident that the despicable transatlantic slave trade was definitely going to end in 1808.”. The 1619 Project represents a new nadir in the politically correct, anti-American machinations of The New York Times. The last time we visited the paper’s offices was many years ago, back when it was on West Forty-third Street. It's where your interests connect you with your people. But Wood points out, first, that the “British don’t get around to freeing the slaves in the West Indies until 1833,” and, second, that “if the Revolution hadn’t occurred,” they “might never have done so then, because all of the southern colonies would have been opposed. Jun 03, 2020 Roger Kimball introduces the June issue by Roger Kimball. 1619 & all that. There is a sense in which the Pulitzer Prizes and The New York Times deserve one another. Here is a portion of a take on it from the New Criterion: It was to console its core readership that The New York Times undertook The 1619 Project in a special flood-the-zone issue of its Sunday magazine in August and then in a snazzy, graphics-heavy series of features on its website. "The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. But truth does not matter when there is a political agenda to be advanced. Article excerpt. Not officially, perhaps. “The 1619 Project,” he wrote, “is not history: it is polemic, born in the imaginations of those whose primary target is capitalism itself and who hope to tarnish capitalism by associating it with slavery.”. That adage jangled around in my head this week as I made my way through the New York Times’ 1619 Project.An ambitious heave in its Sunday magazine and special section, the project argues that to understand our nation better we need to fundamentally alter how we view slavery and everything that came after. The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Neither was consulted by the perpetrators of The 1619 Project. Back in January, we wondered whether “an unintended collateral benefit of this malign folly will be—finally, at last—to dissolve the vestiges of that prestige and expose the [Times] to the condign contempt of the public whose trust they have so extravagantly betrayed.” Alas, the Pulitzer Prize argues against that happy eventuality. The fact that “some might argue” X does not mean that X is credible. The New Criterion: "1619 And All That: On The NYT's Recent Disinformation Campaign" Brutal , but deserved: We are a bit late in getting to that dog’s breakfast called “The 1619 Project,” The New York Times’s effort to “reframe”—read, “wildly distort”—the history and governing impetus of the American Founding. Perhaps an unintended collateral benefit of this malign folly will be—finally, at last—to dissolve the vestiges of that prestige and expose the paper to the condign contempt of the public whose trust they have so extravagantly betrayed. . As we write, the wildly tendentious, historically dubious tenets of The 1619 Project have been insinuated into the curricula of more than 3,500 school districts across the country. Your first response is a spluttering incredulity. What followed was a stupefying race-based fantasy about the origins of the United States. But his oft-quoted observation that history tends to repeat itself “first as tragedy, then as farce” is a mot for the ages. But the real lesson of the Times’s new Pulitzer is that something can be farcical without being funny—or, more to the point, it can be farcical while still being malicious. A new podcast from the Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion. The Pulitzer Center (not affiliated with the famed prizes) has announced that it “is proud to be the education partner for The 1619 Project.” As we write, the Center’s website is full of little valentines to Hannah-Jones and her racialist, ahistorical fantasy about the founding of the United States. My last post addressed the New York Times’ 1619 Project. So it is with the preposterous idea that America was founded as a “slavocracy.” Hannah-Jones asserts that “anti-black racism runs in the very dna of this country.” The claim is obviously metaphorical; countries do not possess dna. Someone tells you that the Apollo 11 moon landing was a carefully staged hoax perpetrated by nasa or the Trilateral Commission or whatever. Now, scholars are pushing back. The 1619 Project represents a new nadir in the politically correct, anti-American machinations of The New York Times. What they really cared about, according to this malignant fairy tale, was preserving and extending the institution of slavery. (Among our favorites, the contention that double-entry bookkeeping was an innovation “whose roots twist back to slave-labor camps.”), The distinguished historian Allen C. Guelzo, writing in City Journal, notes that “The 1619 Project is not history: it is polemic, born in the imaginations of those whose primary target is capitalism itself and who hope to tarnish capitalism by associating it with slavery.” The great irony, Guelzo writes, is that “The 1619 Project dispenses this malediction from the chair of ultimate cultural privilege in America,” The New York Times, “because in no human society has an enslaved people suddenly found itself vaulted into positions of such privilege, and with the consent—even the approbation—of those who were once the enslavers.”. On The New York Times's recent disinformation campaign. Copyright © 1982-2020 All rights reserved, We are a bit late in getting to that dog’s breakfast called “The 1619 Project,” The New York Times’s effort to “reframe”—read, “wildly distort”—the history and governing impetus of the American Founding. . Who cares about truth? The 1619 Project Curriculum The 1619 Project, inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, challenges us to reframe U.S. history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as our nation's foundational date. “Histories,” we read in 1066 and All That, “have previously been written with the object of exalting their authors. The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project is a gross misrepresentation of history. You all are going to have to help us shape that vision. So supposing the Americans hadn’t broken away, there would have been a larger number of slaveholders in the greater British world who might have been able to prolong slavery longer than 1833.”, The truth is that in 1776, the American Founders, Southerners as much as Northerners, believed that slavery was on its way out. The Angela Project Presents The 400th Year Commemoration Ceremony: 1619-2019: Commemorating 400 Years of Institutionalized Slavery in Colonized America. We said that The 1619 Project was stupefying. “[S]ome might argue,” as Hannah-Jones coyly puts it, “that this nation was founded not as a democracy but as a slavocracy.” Gosh. a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. History is written by the victors. Photo: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer. It is the same with the contention that 1619, the year that the first African slaves were brought to America, marked “the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built.” But there were already slaves and various other forms of indentured labor in the Americas as there were all over the world. … Roger concludes his take down of the 1619 project on a mildly optimistic note: The 1619 Project represents a new nadir in the politically correct, anti … 1619 & All That . Et voilà, The 1619 Project, which the paper described in a preface as a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Wood concurs and notes further that the idea, propounded by The 1619 Project, that the American Revolution was fomented in order to protect slavery is simply ridiculous. a very unbalanced, one-sided account, which lacked context and perspective on the complexity of slavery, which was clearly, obviously, not an exclusively American institution, but existed throughout history. Learn how your support contributes to our continued defense of truth. We are a bit late in getting to that dog's breakfast called 'The 1619 Project," The New York Timers effort to "reframe"--read, "wildly distort"--die history and governing impetus of the American Founding. There they all were, from Walter Duranty, the Times’s man in the Soviet Union under Stalin, on down. It … We thought of that line directly when we got the news that Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times had received a Pulitzer Prize for the lead essay in its series of pieces and related initiatives known collectively as “The 1619 Project.”. Nikole Hannah-Jones will make a fitting addition to that gallery. Many sober observers would have dismissed it as beneath comment were it not that the residual prestige of the Times lends currency if not credibility to its illiterate and partisan contentions. But the question is whether truth even comes into consideration in what passes for mainstream journalism today. Roger Kimball, the Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion, discusses highlights in this month’s issue and reads from its opening pages. Nevertheless, the paper is not entirely without influence, even today. The hallway full of photographs of Pulitzer winners was impressive. For Hannah-Jones, what is wanted is an expression that simultaneously justifies the endless whining of black radicals about how victimized they are because of things that happened a few centuries ago while also stressing the perpetually renewable guilt (like the liver of Prometheus) of whites, all whites, those living today even more than those actually involved in the African slave trade in the seventeenth, eighteenth, or nineteenth centuries. Eminent historians from the Left, Right, and Center lined up to repudiate this racially charged distortion of American history. Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The New York Times’s 1619 Project, in a discussion at Harvard University. Posted By: StormCnter, 12/23/2019 1:22:22 PM We are a bit late in getting to that dog’s breakfast called “The 1619 Project,” The New York Times’s effort to “reframe”—read, “wildly distort”—the history and governing impetus of the American Founding. . We didn’t know the half of it. As a reader of our efforts, you have stood with us on the front lines in the battle for culture. Magazine article New Criterion. But I think that’s what we’re going to have to do for the rest of the next two years.” Et voilà, The 1619 Project, which the paper described in a preface as. What we meant was that the claims it makes are so outlandish, at once so ostentatiously at odds with historical reality while also being carefully framed in a corset of politically correct verbiage, that any critical response is at first stunned. It was a show-stopper. Karl Marx did not make many witty remarks. This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 38 Number 5, on page 1 Copyright © 2020 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.com https://newcriterion.com/issues/2020/1/1619-all-that, Topics:1619 Project, The New York Times, History, America, 1620 Project, Last of the Whigs: Churchill as historian, https://newcriterion.com/issues/2020/1/1619-all-that. 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