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Nikole Hannah-Jones, project chief of the 1619 Project and a writer for The New York Times, has recently gone on a deletion binge and removed all but a few of her tweets. A quick scan of her account shows that nothing exists prior to a few days ago. Hannah-Jones previously had thousands upon thousands of tweets.
President Donald Trump recently spoke out against the 1619 Project and against the use of critical race theory in all levels of education, from elementary levels through the highest echelons of academia and into the corporate sphere. To combat this far-leftist indoctrination, he formed the 1776 Commission, to give grants for patriotic education in service to America's mission of equality.
Trump said that the 1776 Commission, " will teach our children about the miracle of American history." He has been critical of the 1619 Project, Howard Zinn, and the "crusade against American history." Trump had said that any educational institution that teaches the 1619 Project would not be eligible for federal funding.
Trump yesterday signed an executive order banning the incorporation of these propagandist teachings by any company that contracts with the federal government, after already prohibiting its use by any federal agencies. Much of the fervour surrounding this banishment of critical race theory was due to reporting earlier this summer from Christopher Rufo, who opened the vault on reeducation retreats that were mandated for white men at US nuclear research lab Sandia.
The stated goal of the 1619 Project "is to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation's birth year. Doing so requires us to place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country."
It is Nikole Hannah-Jones work that "provides the intellectual framework for the project." She was a major contributor and founder of The New York Times revisionist history project that posited that sought to reimagine the true founding of the American nation as 1619. This was the year that a ship of enslaved persons arrived on continental American shores. Hannah-Jones has since claimed that she did not actually say that 1619 was the nation's true founding date.
The full issue of the 100 page 1619 Project, for which Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize, reads: "It is not a year that most Americans know as a notable date in our country’s history. Those who do are at most a tiny fraction of those who can tell you that 1776 is the year of our nation’s birth. What if, however, we were to tell you that this fact, which is taught in our schools and unanimously celebrated every Fourth of July, is wrong, and that the country's true birth date, the moment that its defining contradictions first came into the world, was in late August of 1619? Though the exact date has been lost to history (it has come to be observed on Aug. 20), that was when a ship arrived at Point Comfort in the British colony of Virginia, bearing a cargo of 20 to 30 enslaved Africans. Their arrival inaugurated a barbaric system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country's very origin."
At the time of its release, she received massive support from American politicians within the Democratic Party and elsewhere. The 1619 Project has been given status as part of the curriculum at many schools.
"Out of slavery grew nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional: its economic might, its industrial power, its electoral system. Even the American Revolution was fought mainly to preserve slavery," said one of Hannah-Jones many supporters at the Times.
It appears the Times itself is doing its best to scrub many of these references from its own online presence. As can be seen here, in this event she clearly says that "our true founding is 1619 not 1776," and that "America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began." The online version at the Times has had that line deleted.
Hannah-Jones' latest words on the subject were "The #1619Project does not argue that 1619 is our true founding — for claims to the contrary, blame 'the right.'"