A national parents’ coalition has denounced the “1619 Project” curriculum jointly developed by the Pulitzer Center and The New York Times as part of a misconceived bid to revise U.S. history, arguing that it undermines the fabric of society.
USPIE told the outlet that because of the project’s central claim that such evils are embedded in America’s founding, “there can be no change in policy and no possible transformation that would make the nation redeemable.
“Under the view put forth by the Times and its project, the only possible conclusion is that America must die so that something new can replace it,” USPIE stated. “That is the objective. And now, The 1619 Project is being taught in our public schools!”
In his remarks, the president echoed the sentiment of legislation proposed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) that would ban federal funds from being used to support the teaching of the tenets of the project.
“Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage.”
USPIE also argued that the notions driving the 1619 Project are one of the factors in the current conflict over the result of the 2020 presidential election.
“The battle over who will be president continues,” USPIE told Breitbart. “One of the reasons this battle is happening is because one party is working hard to re-write history to convince Americans that our country is bad and does not deserve the peace and prosperity we enjoy.”
That’s in contrast to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the traditional date when the foundational principles of the United States were framed.
Some of the activities for children include directing them to read an essay by NY Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, which contains the central assertion that “the year 1619 is as foundational to the American story as 1776 ... black Americans, as much as those men cast in alabaster in the nation’s capital, are this nation’s true ‘founding fathers.’”
The curriculum urges students to read the essay and consider such issues as, “What evidence can you see for how ’some might argue that this nation was founded not as a democracy but as a slavocracy?'”