The Washington Examiner reported on Friday that the 1776 Commission, which President Donald Trump created to push back against the teaching of “critical race theory” (CRT) in government schools and to counter the “1619 Project” narrative that America’s true founding was 1619 when the first slaves arrived, and not at the Declaration of Independence’s signing in 1776, will continue to meet despite President Joe Biden dismantling it.
The 1619 Project is a series of New York Times articles that also claimed the the American Revolution was fought to preserve slavery. President Trump commissioned a group of historians and researchers to present America’s true history. Although historians have criticized the research behind the project as “deeply flawed,” the so-called architect of the project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, won a Pulitzer Prize. The University of North Carolina recently denied Hannah-Jones tenure.
The Biden administration proposed a rule to push CRT in government schools: The Proposed Priorities-American History and Civics Education, which it says will “support the development of culturally responsive teaching and learning and the promotion of information literacy skills in grants under these programs.”
This is why members of the 1776 Commission will continue to meet. From the Washington Examiner:
The 1776 Commission is scheduled to convene on Monday in Washington on the annex campus of Hillsdale College to plot its next steps. An agenda for the private meeting, which is closed to the media, was not available. But in an interview with the Washington Examiner, Matthew Spalding, the 1776 Commission’s executive director, said the group sees a major role for itself in the explosive debate over the teaching of the history of the United States in public and private schools.
On the other side are traditionalists who believe in de-emphasizing race and ethnicity. The 1776 Commission does not intend to whitewash the nation’s history of racism, Spalding said. Rather, the group wants to promote a history curriculum that defines racial equality as an American tenet, from the founding creed of the Declaration of Independence — “all men are created equal” — to Martin Luther King’s dream of a colorblind nation and beyond.