Not content with poisoning current events with unfair and biased coverage, the New York Times has now set its binoculars on American history.
Guess what? They don’t like it. They don’t see anything good in our history, so they must wipe out all vestiges of heroes, honor and patriotism by going back and “correcting” the record.
Thus, they have invented the 1619 project. What is it? Wikipedia says “The New York Times describes the project as a “major initiative (…) observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery”.
They have decided to move our country from the glorious Declaration of Independence, freedom and revolution in 1776 to the introduction of slavery.
“The project was almost exclusively contributed to by Black academics, journalists and writers. According to Hannah-Jones, all the contributions were deeply researched, and arguments verified by a team of fact-checkers in consultation with a panel of historians. it has, “the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States, timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival in America of the first enslaved people from West Africa. It is an interactive project by Nikole Hannah-Jones, a reporter for the New York Times, with contributions by the paper’s writers, including essays, poems, short fiction, and a photo essay. Originally conceived of as a special issue for August 20, it was soon turned into a full-fledged project, including coverage in the paper and on the website.”
It’s a full fledged project that they hope will be picked up by newspapers, universities and elementary schools across the nation.
Already one former CA employee has posted it on facebook with applause coming from other employees. You know it will be showing up in the pages of our local rag on a continuing basis. Media loves nothing better than a good old America bashing with we deplorables as the victims.
It’s particularly interesting considering that one of the Times’ main editors, Dean Baquet, has declared that he wants to move away from Trump bashing in the Russia hoax to Trump bashing for racism.
We see it for what it is. A Soviet style reshaping of history. “Propaganda” Newt Gingrich called it. Others weighed in. Ilya Shapiro, director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, tweeted: “Writing about history is great, but a project intended to delegitimize mankind’s grandest experiment in human liberty & self-governance is divisive, yes. I know it’s unwoke of me to say so, but so be it. I’ll take reality, warts and all, over grievance-mongering.”
Similarly, Benjamin Weingarten, a contributor with the conservative publication the Federalist, tweeted: “Contrary to its stated goals, it appears the purpose of the 1619 Project is to delegitimize America, and further divide and demoralize its citizenry.”
They are Right and right.
I don’t think the American people are going to buy into this or appreciate it. We are a forward looking people who recognize that getting mired in the past doesn’t help the present or the future. Besides, we were not the United States in 1619. We were a British colony and they were the ones who brought slavery here for a century and a half before our founding.
Time stands still at the Times. It’s perpetually 1619. The rest of us have moved on.
Weren’t we advised by them to do that in the Clinton years?