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1619 Project Meets Competition From Black Academics

The Bob Woodson Center and Washington Examiner is offering an alternative to The New York Times and Pulitzer Center’s “1619 Project.” Theirs is aptly named “The 1776 Initiative.”

Responses to the 1619 Project are popping up everywhere. Countless conservative scholars have weighed in, both Civil War and founding-era historians have teamed up to cry foul, Hillsdale College is offering an online course to counter the narrative, the Heritage Foundation has compiled a trove of essays titled “1776: A Celebration of America,” and the National Association of Scholars has started a “1620 Project.”

The 1619 Project Is Infiltrating Institutions

Responses can’t come soon enough. Despite criticism, the 1619 Project is barreling ahead. The New York Times purchased ads that ran during the Super Bowl and the Democratic primary debates.

School districts all around the nation are accepting the free 1619 curriculum from the Pulitzer Center to use in classrooms. According to Pulitzer’s Annual Report, it has successfully brought the 1619 curriculum to 3,500 classrooms around the nation. The CEO of Chicago Public Schools has pledged to send every Chicago high school 200-400 copies of the 1619 Project as a supplemental resource.

Four other school districts, including Washington, D.C., have adopted the curriculum district-wide. In most cases, the districts using the 1619 Project are bypassing normal textbook and curriculum review processes, according to RealClearInvestigations.

1619 language and sentiments are also infiltrating our political and popular culture. In an early Democratic primary debate, former Texas Rep. Beto O’ Rourke said Americans should “mark the creation of this country not at the Fourth of July, 1776, but Aug. 20, 1619, when the first kidnapped African was brought to this country against his will.”

More recently, on Feb. 13, during a debate on the Equal Rights Amendment, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer mischaracterized the Declaration of Independence in 1619 fashion when he stated, “Our founders declared ‘all men are created equal’ in their Declaration Of Independence. Surely, no founder, if they were writing that document today, would have said ‘men,’ when men meant white, property-owning men.”

Even more recently, Democrats in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s home state, changed the name of an annual dinner they host from Jefferson-Jackson Dinner to Blue Commonwealth Gala. Further, the media has embraced Nikole Hannah-Jones, organizer of the 1619 Project and author of the flagship essay. She has appeared on “The Daily Show,” “CBS This Morning,” “PBS Newshour,” and “The View.”

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