according to the New York Times, anyway.
‘The politics of despair’
The newspaper that employed Stalin apologist Walter Duranty (what forced starvation?) is rewriting more history.
Historian Allen Guelzo deconstructs (Ha!) the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” which — like Duranty — was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for what the historian labels “an over-simplified, distorted history.”
The 1619 Project holds that:
“Out of slavery — and the anti-black racism it required — grew nearly everything that has truly made America exceptional: its economic might, its industrial power, its electoral system, its diet and popular music, the inequities of its public health and education, its astonishing penchant for violence, its income inequality, the example it sets for the world as a land of freedom and equality, its slang, its legal system and the endemic racial fears and hatreds that continue to plague it to this day.”
“Even modern urban traffic scrums are the product of racially segregated city planning,” Guelzo marveled. No wonder the historian calls the entire 1619 Project “the politics of despair.” It’s of a piece with the Antifa mantra that “America was never great.” In a must-read at National Review, Guelzo hacks away at its shaky foundation:
Was the Revolution really fought to preserve slavery? … Before the Revolution, Virginia tried to tax the slave trade out of existence, only to have those enactments vetoed by the Privy Council in London. … it was during the Revolution that the rebel colonies began enacting the first emancipation plans, beginning with Pennsylvania in 1780 and Massachusetts in 1783. … why did 5,000 African Americans fight against the British?
Why this is important
The Times is aggressively pushing this poison onto our children. “Already, 3,500 classrooms and five major urban school systems (including Buffalo, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.) have adopted The 1619 Project for their history curricula,” Guelzo reports.
As they do this, the results will be that we teach schoolchildren that: we teach schoolchildren that: capitalism is a form of totalitarianism . . . so that we may then think kindly of socialism. That we should pay reparations for slavery, etc.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Even the once-sensible Kaleem Caire posted on Facebook a generic denunciation of “institutional racism” and “structural inequality.” We asked what institutions are racist and what structures are unequal? Names, please? We’ll accept (provisionally) that county in Southern Georgia. Any local “structures”? Institutions?