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The 1619 Project represents a new nadir in the politically correct, anti-American machinations of The New York Times. “[S]ome might argue,” as Hannah-Jones coyly puts it, “that this nation was founded not as a democracy but as a slavocracy.” Gosh. Fortunately, a rational, historically informed response to The 1619 Project has been building. Copyright © 1982-2020 All rights reserved. Last summer, he huddled with his staff in a town-hall-style meeting—the proceedings of which were promptly leaked—and acknowledged a sad truth: “We built our newsroom to cover one story” (the now-debunked story that Donald Trump had “colluded” with Russia to steal the 2016 election). Here is a portion of a take on it from the New Criterion: It was to console its core readership that The New York Times undertook The 1619 Project in a special flood-the-zone issue of its Sunday magazine in August and then in a snazzy, graphics-heavy series of features on its website. But his oft-quoted observation that history tends to repeat itself “first as tragedy, then as farce” is a mot for the ages. Considered as a call to action, however, it has gone from success to success. The Angela Project Presents The 400th Year Commemoration Ceremony: 1619-2019: Commemorating 400 Years of Institutionalized Slavery in Colonized America. Posted By: StormCnter, 12/23/2019 1:22:22 PM We are a bit late in getting to that dog’s breakfast called “The 1619 Project,” The New York Times’s effort to “reframe”—read, “wildly distort”—the history and governing impetus of the American Founding. Learn how your support contributes to our continued defense of truth. Many sober observers would have dismissed it as beneath comment were it not that the residual prestige of the Times lends currency if not credibility to its illiterate and partisan contentions. Someone tells you that the Apollo 11 moon landing was a carefully staged hoax perpetrated by nasa or the Trilateral Commission or whatever. Not officially, perhaps. Trailer: Introducing ‘1619’ Four hundred years ago, a ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. There is a sense in which the Pulitzer Prizes and The New York Times deserve one another. Your first response is a spluttering incredulity. The farce is now upon us. "The 1619 Project is not a history," Nikole Hannah-Jones said in an MSNBC interview on Sunday. Jun 03, 2020 Roger Kimball introduces the June issue by Roger Kimball. The Pulitzer Center (not affiliated with the famed prizes) has announced that it “is proud to be the education partner for The 1619 Project.” As we write, the Center’s website is full of little valentines to Hannah-Jones and her racialist, ahistorical fantasy about the founding of the United States. The lead essay, by the black journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, the “architect” of The 1619 Project, set the tone. It was to console its core readership that The New York Times undertook The 1619 Project in a special flood-the-zone issue of its Sunday magazine in August and then in a snazzy, graphics-heavy series of features on its website. Article excerpt. It is increasingly a niche publication for the credentialed, politically correct nomenklatura, totally out of touch with the main current of America and held afloat only by its unremitting attacks on anything to do with Donald Trump. Nikole Hannah-Jones will make a fitting addition to that gallery. But truth does not matter when there is a political agenda to be advanced. TriceEdneyWire.com On Sunday, the New York Times unveiled “The 1619 Project,” a journalistic series in the Sunday magazine that seeks to tell the “unvarnished truth” about slavery and its impact on America’s history. The fact that “some might argue” X does not mean that X is credible. Neither was consulted by the perpetrators of The 1619 Project. . Nevertheless, the paper is not entirely without influence, even today. a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. http://pulitzercenter.org/builder/lesson/reading-guide-quotes-key-terms-and-questions-26504 Articles featured in The New Criterion on 1619-project. “Histories,” we read in 1066 and All That, “have previously been written with the object of exalting their authors. Henceforth, or at least “for the next two years”—the remainder of Trump’s first term—the Times was going all in on “race, and other divisions.” Robert Mueller couldn’t get Trump. In August 2019, the New York Times Magazine launched The 1619 Project on the 400 th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Jamestown. There is more to come, including new calls for race-based “reparations” on the basis of the falsehoods promulgated by The 1619 Project. For two years, the Times had invested heavily in the vaudeville entertainment called “Trump–Russia.” The spectacular failure of its leading man, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, to deliver a happy ending to that fiasco underscored the essential futility of the entire enterprise. . "The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. What they really cared about, according to this malignant fairy tale, was preserving and extending the institution of slavery. Of course there is. (Among our favorites, the contention that double-entry bookkeeping was an innovation “whose roots twist back to slave-labor camps.”), The distinguished historian Allen C. Guelzo, writing in City Journal, notes that “The 1619 Project is not history: it is polemic, born in the imaginations of those whose primary target is capitalism itself and who hope to tarnish capitalism by associating it with slavery.” The great irony, Guelzo writes, is that “The 1619 Project dispenses this malediction from the chair of ultimate cultural privilege in America,” The New York Times, “because in no human society has an enslaved people suddenly found itself vaulted into positions of such privilege, and with the consent—even the approbation—of those who were once the enslavers.”. Perhaps an unintended collateral benefit of this malign folly will be—finally, at last—to dissolve the vestiges of that prestige and expose the paper to the condign contempt of the public whose trust they have so extravagantly betrayed. “Awarded itself”? 1619 & All That . But the question is whether truth even comes into consideration in what passes for mainstream journalism today. The revisions to the project have generated a lot of coverage and commentary, including by the most senior figures at the NY Times (CNN called the statement - later retracted - by the NY Times Writers' Guild an "extraordinary move": "1619 Project faces renewed criticism — this time from within The New York Times"). But his oft-quoted observation that history tends to repeat itself “first as tragedy, then as farce” is a mot for the ages. What they really cared about, according to this malignant fairy tale, was preserving and extending the institution of slavery. But truth does not matter when there is a political agenda to be advanced. As a writer for The Federalist noted, giving the Times a Pulitzer Prize for a part of The 1619 Project “gives schools one more excuse to hate America.” For the Times and its allies, we suspect, that is reason enough to celebrate. The New York Times The 1619 Project History Slavery Culture As a reader of our efforts, you have stood with us on the front lines in the battle for culture. And though the copies will be paid for by the Times and donors, taxpayers will still be indirectly funding a version of history that is politically tendentious and wildly at odds with the facts. Readers of the satirical classic 1066 and All That know what fun can be had if you go about your job as a storyteller serving up “all the History you can remember” and pretending that it is the truth. “[A]ny report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda,” Duranty wrote at the height of Stalin’s forced famine in the early 1930s. But I think that’s what we’re going to have to do for the rest of the next two years.” Et voilà, The 1619 Project, which the paper described in a preface as. The National Association of Scholars has inaugurated the “1620 Project,” not just to commemorate the signing of the Mayflower Compact—a much more significant event in the history of the United States—but also to provide an occasion for thoughtful responses to some of the more outlandish claims made by Hannah-Jones and the other writers involved in the Times’s latest campaign of disinformation. Someone tells you that the Apollo 11 moon landing was a carefully staged hoax perpetrated by nasa or the Trilateral Commission or whatever. Back in January, we wondered whether “an unintended collateral benefit of this malign folly will be—finally, at last—to dissolve the vestiges of that prestige and expose the [Times] to the condign contempt of the public whose trust they have so extravagantly betrayed.” Alas, the Pulitzer Prize argues against that happy eventuality. The 1619 Project from The New York Times Magazine is inaugurated with a special issue that examines the modern-day legacy of slavery through over 30 essays and creative works. The American colonists might talk about liberty. On the contrary, “it is the northern states in 1776 that are the world’s leaders in the antislavery cause. There they all were, from Walter Duranty, the Times’s man in the Soviet Union under Stalin, on down. History is written by the victors. A new podcast from the Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion. “[O]ne of the primary reasons the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain,” she wrote, “was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery.” So, everything you learned about the American Revolution is wrong, or at least wrongheaded. The ‘1619 Project’ Isn’t Anti-American — It’s Anti-White Identity Politics – Eric Levitz, New York Magazine, August 23, 2019 We are committing educational malpractice: Why slavery is mistaught — and worse — in American schools – Nikita Stewart, New York Times editorials, August 19, 2019 . It is the same with the contention that 1619, the year that the first African slaves were brought to America, marked “the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built.” But there were already slaves and various other forms of indentured labor in the Americas as there were all over the world. We said that The 1619 Project was stupefying. Photo: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer. To say that there were slaves in America is not to say that “the country was built” on slavery. . What followed was a stupefying race-based fantasy about the origins of the United States. Tumblr is a place to express yourself, discover yourself, and bond over the stuff you love. Now, scholars are pushing back. It’s just that it is controlled—de facto, if not de jure—by the Times and a handful of like-minded entities.Which of course is the reason that the Times has accumulated so many of them. McPherson, though eminently circumspect, concludes that The 1619 Project is. On Sunday, the New York Times unveiled “The 1619 Project,” a journalistic series in the Sunday magazine that seeks to tell the “unvarnished truth” about slavery and its impact on America’s history. This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 38 Number 5, on page 1 Copyright © 2020 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.com https://newcriterion.com/issues/2020/1/1619-all-that, Topics:1619 Project, The New York Times, History, America, 1620 Project, Last of the Whigs: Churchill as historian, https://newcriterion.com/issues/2020/1/1619-all-that. Magazine article New Criterion. . On The New York Times's recent disinformation campaign. New Criterion, by Roger Kimball Original Article. In January, we reported on The 1619 Project. Of course, “some might argue” any number of incredible things: that the earth is flat, that the moon is made of green cheese, that The New York Times is still a responsible source of news and even-handed commentary. It would be like complaining about the roundness of a circle or the wetness of water. The dishonest 1619 project would have you believe that America was founded in 1619 when a British privateer landed at Point Comfort in Virginia with “…20. It was absurd that a piece of something so disreputable and intellectually bankrupt as The 1619 Project should be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. You all are going to have to help us shape that vision. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about … Indeed, various public school districts, including some in Chicago, have announced that they will supplement their curricula by distributing copies of The 1619 Project to students, thereby promulgating the racialist worldview expounded by that “major” “reframing” of our history. 1619 Project: The NYT's Disinformation Campagin Roger Kimball, The New Criterion December 22, 2019 AP Photo/Richard Drew, File On The … In January, we noted that “various public school districts, including some in Chicago” had announced that they would supplement their curricula by distributing copies of The 1619 Project to students. … Both recoiled from its distortions, simplifications, and outright falsehoods. When they are not giving awards to anti-capitalist, racially charged fictions masquerading as history—or tendentious politicized fictions like their “investigations” into non-existent collusion between Donald Trump and “the Russians,” for which they awarded themselves a Prize last year—they are giving them to twisted new-age self-dramatizations such as The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, by Anne Boyer, “An elegant and unforgettable narrative about the brutality of illness and the capitalism of cancer care in America.” The “capitalism of cancer care”? We suppose it is a mark of how extreme is The New York Times’s latest attack on America that some of the most vigorous rejoinders appear in the World Socialist Web Site, which has run long interviews with two deans of the history of the American Founding, James McPherson and Gordon Wood, neither of whom were consulted by the Times for The 1619 Project. Who cares about truth? The New Criterion: "1619 And All That: On The NYT's Recent Disinformation Campaign" Brutal , but deserved: We are a bit late in getting to that dog’s breakfast called “The 1619 Project,” The New York Times’s effort to “reframe”—read, “wildly distort”—the history and governing impetus of the American Founding. As a reader of our efforts, you have stood with us on the front lines in the battle for culture. That included the World Socialist Web Site—and let us insert a notional exclamation mark here—which ran long interviews with James McPherson and Gordon Wood, among the most distinguished historians of the American Founding. The Revolution unleashed antislavery sentiments that led to the first abolition movements in the history of the world.” The 1619 Project pretends that the British were great crusaders in the campaign against slavery. 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