Here on Gulf South Free Press we are trying to get the American people to have a “real” conversation about race and the institution of slavery instead of the disingenuous BS from the past.
What significance is the year 1619?
Answer to follow.
In these trying days of protests and the issue of slavery has risen yet again…..there is an attempt to educate the people on the barbaric institution of slavery……that education is being called the “1619 Project”…….
New York Times Magazine launched The 1619 Project on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Jamestown. Its stated goal was “to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” Rather than standing with the American Revolution’s radical promise that we are all created equal and possess the same “unalienable rights,” or Abraham Lincoln’s description of America’s as mankind’s “last best hope,” the revisionist view of The 1619 project argues that America was founded upon slavery and that the effects of white supremacy distort every aspect of American public life today.
Prominent historians, educators, and writers have challenged these claims. Noted scholars such as Gordon Wood, Wilfred M. McClay, Sean Wilentz, James McPherson, and James Oakes have publicly questioned its main contentions. And the 1776 Project, a group of black scholars and writers led by entrepreneur and civil rights leader Bob Woodson, has produced essays, and eventually a curriculum, that will “challenge those who assert America is forever defined by its past failures, such as slavery.”
Is this a look at history or not?
When The New York Times Magazine published the 1619 Project last year, supporters hailed this retelling of America’s founding as a “woke” counternarrative meant to correct the historical record.
Yet in recent weeks, Nikole Hannah-Jones, the lead editor, has stressed that her project to reframe history is not the same as “a history.” Clear enough?
Even Americans who haven’t read the 1619 Project, a series of written work on the legacy of slavery, know the project was launched with fanfare. And the rollout continues: A series of books are to follow, a podcast is available, and public schools are using the material. Lionsgate and Oprah Winfrey intend to adapt the project for film and TV.
For the 1619 editors to now say, “presume not that I am the thing I was” should make us suspicious of the project’s future. Shakespeare’s Hal said as much to his former drinking companion, Falstaff, in “Henry IV, Part 2,” and the audience can afford the presumption because we know his victory at Agincourt is coming in “Henry V.”
The next act, however, for the 1619 Project may be less promising. As the project’s creators spread it across more media and entertainment platforms, the Times, its partners at the Pulitzer Center, and Hannah-Jones have already said 1619 should be considered history.
Thee are those that are afraid of this if it is handled properly because it will crap on the dialog that they have been preaching for decades.
Slavery should be viewed from ALL angles…..but emphasize that it was a horrible barbaric institution.
I stated that we were “trying” to help the American people have that REAL conversation about race…..and so far we have sadly failed….
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