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The Historically ‘Deeply Flawed’ Project 1619 Wins a Pulitzer Prize

The New York Times’ 1619 Project is a series of articles that purport the true founding of the country when the first slaves arrived in 1619, not with the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The authors claim that the American Revolution was fought to preserve a so-called slavocracy. Conservative activist Robert Woodson leads a group called the 1776 Project to counter what it calls anti-American propaganda.

The Heritage Foundation’s The Daily Signal reported that the flawed 1619 project has won a Pulitzer Prize.

The award was given specifically to journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, the architect of the 1619 Project.

But her lead essay in the project has been lambasted by historians as inaccurate, in large part because of her assertion that the American colonists fought the Revolution to protect slavery.

That contention flowed from the project’s stated goal of showing that the country’s true founding was in 1619, when the first slaves from Africa were brought to the United States, rather than 1776, when the Colonies declared their independence from England.

After months of pressure, The New York Times finally issued a correction—which it called a “clarification”—to the claim that slavery was the “one primary reason the colonists fought the American Revolution.”

As The Daily Signal reported, the World Socialist Website found the project flawed, calling it a “politically motivated falsification of history.”

Sources reported that despite the project’s problem’s government schools will have to incorporate it into the curriculum.

Is the Pulitzer Prize board political?

The truth, as those with common sense already know, is that the Pulitzer Prize recipients are chosen through a lens of politics. The 1619 Project might not be correct in fact, but it’s “correct” in feeling. It’s correct by the measure of the identity politics ideology that has become the de facto ideological lens of our country’s elite, liberal institutions.

This is hardly the first or only wild miss by Pulitzer. After all, Walter Duranty, The New York Times’ onetime Moscow bureau chief who lied about the Soviet Union’s starvation of Ukraine in the 1930s, never had his award rescinded, and the Times still occasionally touts Duranty as a past winner of the prize.

What options do parents who oppose the teaching of inaccurate history have? The same they have for any teaching they oppose: speak up about it and opt out. How long have government schools been pushing a homosexual, “transgender” agenda? Probably not as long as Planned Parenthood has been pushing the abortion agenda in those same schools.

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  1. Many Black parents who homeschool their children look at the “1619 Project” as a valuable classroom unit.

    • They shouldn’t. It’s completely inaccurate. America wasn’t “founded on slavery.” In fact, the Constitution was written with the idea of making slavery unprofitable, and eventually extinguishing it. Importing slaves was forbidden after 1820, and the real reason that only 3/5 of the slaves were counted in the census was to keep the slave-holding states from having a permanent majority in the House of Representatives.

      Unfortunately, this didn’t work out – largely because Andrew Jackson expelled the Native Americans who lived in the south and their lands were taken over by cotton planters who depended on slavery.

      • If you’d refer to Article 1, Sec. 9 of Constitution, slavery was supposed to end in January 1808. It didn’t. Neither the trade nor practice.