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Ideological Ax-Grinding: The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project purports to be a historical analysis of how slavery shaped American political, social, and economic institutions. My concern is that it has spawned a high-school curriculum. While I remain all for efforts to address the foundational centrality of slavery and racism to American history, my view of the project is that its displacing of historical understanding with ideology, and thus lacks credibility as historical analysis.I concede that slavery’s legacy still shapes American life. If used to supplement traditional curricula, I have no problem with the project at all. What I take issue with specifically is Ms. Hannah-Jones’s essay recounting black Americans’ struggle to “make democracy real,” and sociologist Matthew Desmond’s essay linking the crueler aspects of American capitalism to the labor practices that arose under slavery, thoroughly refuted by Professor Oakes.Hannah-Jones’s introductory essay says that “one of the primary reasons the colonists decided to declar…
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1619? Or 1776?

Was America founded as a slavocracy, and are current racial inequities the natural outgrowth of that? Or was America conceived in liberty, a nation haltingly redeeming itself through its founding principles? Having, for better or for worse, spent the majority of my adult life as a teacher of history, I think it apropos to suggest the relevance of the study of history for students in these troubled times, in no small par the result of the debate centered around how one answers the question stated above. The 1619 Project is a venture developed by The New York Times Magazine in 2019 toward the end of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States, timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia. It is a collaborative project of Nikole Hannah-Jones, a New York Times staff writer, with contributions by the Times’ writers, including essays on the history of different facets of contemporary American life which the authors believe have "roots in …

Legal Insurrection

A Cornell Law professor says there is a coordinated effort' launched against him for criticizing Black Live Matter The conservative professor and media critic who founded the influential website Legal Insurrection wrote that he’s been in an “awkward relationship” with the “overwhelmingly liberal faculty and atmosphere” for years, specifically since his website launched in 2008. Check out his story here.

Professor Williams on the Plight of African Americans in Cities

Walter Edward Williams is an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicatedcolumnist and author known for his classical liberal and Libertarian views.His latest piece discusses the problems facing African Americans in major U.S. cities.

The (Undercover) Epicenter Nurse

Erin Marie Olszewski is the nurse who made the following video, exposing a hospital for mixing up non-covid patients with covid patients, giving them Covidf-19

Frankly, HBO, You Don't Give a Damn

This week HBO Max announced that it is pulling the 1939 classic film ‘Gone With The Wind’ from its streaming service amidst the racial turmoil gripping the nation. This is not a new issue--over the past decades debate has swirled over erasing or retiring problematic art, be it statues, books, or movies. But in this case the cancellation has a unique and almost cruel twist. The first black actor to ever win an Oscar did so for her part in ‘Gone With Wind,’ and shedoes not deserve to have that performance disappeared.

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

Miranda Devine is a Catholic and a conservative Australian columnist and writer. She is noted for her conservative stance on a range of social and political issues, including Catholicism. I agree with her recent article, A ‘Black Lives’ pander by Democrats