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On Wednesday, The New York Times, in another desperate attempt to slam conservative voters and conservative media, argued that the GOP's strong showing on Tuesday night came from its efforts to "galvanize crucial groups of voters around what the party calls 'parental rights' issues in public schools, a hodgepodge of conservative causes."
The Times attacked Virginia governor-elect Glenn Youngkin, saying he "stoked the resentment and fear of some white voters, who were alarmed by efforts to teach a more critical history of racism in America."
The Times then loaded the issue by writing, "While Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee, and his party allies eagerly condemned the ugliest attacks by their opponents ..."
Then the Times aimed its assault on conservative media, opining, "While the conservative news media and Republican candidates stirred the stew of anxieties and racial resentments that animate the party's base - thundering about equity initiatives, books with sexual content and transgender students on sports teams ..."
The Times quoted Katie Paris, a "party activist,"
snapping, "These outside forces have come for our schools and our communities ..."
. Another person, Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, told the Times that Critical Race Theory isn't being taught.
The Times, of course, is responsible for the harshly-criticized 1619 Project, which it has claimed "is an ongoing initiative"
that "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."
The 1619 Project has come under withering criticism for its perspective on American history. Many historians have questioned its accuracy and its attempt to undermine the salutary and historic effects of the American founding. Among them are Pulitzer-Prize winning author James McPherson, professor emeritus of history at Princeton University, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Battle Cry of Freedom,"
widely regarded as the authoritative account of the Civil War. He stated: "I was disturbed by what seemed like 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."
Responding to Hannah-Jones' statement in her essay that "anti-black racism runs in the very DNA of this country,"
MacPherson has said "the idea that racism is a permanent condition, well that's just not true. And it also doesn't account for the countervailing tendencies in American history as well. Because opposition to slavery, and opposition to racism, has also been an important theme in American history."
Of Hannah-Jones contention that "black Americans have fought back alone"
to make America a democracy, MacPherson has stated:
From the Quakers in the 18th century, on through the abolitionists in the antebellum, to the radical Republicans in the Civil War and Reconstruction, to the NAACP which was an interracial organization founded in 1909, down through the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, there have been a lot of whites who have fought against slavery and racial discrimination, and against racism. Almost from the beginning of American history that's been true. And that's what's missing from this perspective.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gordon Wood, professor emeritus at Brown University and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Radicalism of the American Revolution,"
as well as "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815,"
and many books and articles on the colonial period and the American Revolution, was asked about the 1619 Project and Hannah-Jones' essay. Wood stated:
I read the first essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones, which alleges that the Revolution occurred primarily because of the Americans' desire to save their slaves. She claims the British were on the warpath against the slave trade and slavery and that rebellion was the only hope for American slavery. This made the American Revolution out to be like the Civil War, where the South seceded to save and protect slavery, and that the Americans 70 years earlier revolted to protect their institution of slavery. I just couldn't believe this.
I was surprised, as many other people were, by the scope of this thing, especially since it's going to become the basis for high school education and has the authority of the New York Times behind it, and yet it is so wrong in so many ways.
James Oakes, Distinguished Professor of History and Graduate School Humanities Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, who has written two books winning the prestigious Lincoln Prize, was also asked about the 1619 Project dovetailing with the identity politics of the Democratic Party. Specifically, he has been asked about "the claim that is made, and I think it's almost become a commonplace, is that slavery is the uniquely American 'original sin.'"
Oakes has answered, "Yes. 'Original sin,' that's one of them. The other is that slavery or racism is built into the DNA of America. These are really dangerous tropes. They're not only ahistorical, they're actually anti-historical."
Richard Carwardine, professor emeritus at Oxford University, the author of the Lincoln-award winning biography "Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power"
and other books on antebellum and Civil War-era American history, has also criticized the 1619 Project. Carwardine stated of Jones' work:
I have read your interviews with James McPherson and James Oakes. I share their sense that, putting it politely, this is a tendentious and partial reading of American history ... the idea that the 1619 Project's lead essay is a rounded history of America-with relations between the races so stark and unyielding-I find quite shocking. I am troubled that this is designed to make its way into classrooms as the true story of the United States, because, as I say, it is so partial. It is also wrong in some fundamentals ... the idea that the central, fundamental story of the United States is one of white racism and that black protest and rejection of white superiority has been the essential, indispensable driving force for change-which I take to be the central message of that lead essay-seems to me to be a preposterous and one-dimensional reading of the American past.
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