The 1619 Project

The New York Times has published, remarkably, an essential resource for every American, young and old. The brainchild of the brilliant Nikole Hannah-Jones, the 1619 Project tells the national story from the moment the first enslaved Africans were kidnapped and brought to these shores, 400 years ago this month, and illuminates key issues the country faces today—the state of electoral politics, democracy, criminal justice, housing, wealth disparity, education and health-care, and on and on—with the benefit of an honest and accurate reading of our collective history. Erasures are restored, distortions corrected, and the genesis of all we see and experience around us is brought into clearer focus. Search out the 1619 Project, read it, distribute copies to colleagues and family and friends. If you need further incentive, here is a review by “history professor” and “intellectual heavy-weight” of the Republican Party, Newt Gingrich: “The NY Times 1619 Project should make its slogan ‘All the Propaganda we want to brainwash you with.’” Gingrich’s comment affirms the words of the great Frederick Douglass in his famous July 4, 1852 speech: “For revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.”

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