Somewhere along the line, Black Lives Matter and the 1619 Project both edited their websites to remove controversially radical statements about their beliefs. This should be recognized as merely a public relations concession, not an ideological one. Both BLM and 1619 will continue to be propelled by fringe leftists and their hapless corporate sponsors.
In BLM’s case, the editing had to be fairly recent. Critics have rightfully spent the summer pointing to a section of the group’s website that calls for the disruption of the nuclear family.
Under “What We Believe,” BLM used to say, “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.” That language has been scrubbed, as the Washington Examiner reported on Monday.
The group’s philosophy on family structure is not without consequence. Just last week, Tucker Carlson reported that a Buffalo school district, relying on lesson plans crafted by a council of the city’s public school system, approvingly taught fourth and fifth graders to understand “the disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics and a return to the ‘collective village’ that takes care of each other” as a “guiding principle” of BLM.
The New York Times’ 1619 Project, at its inception, was openly an effort to “reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding.” That was its central assertion. It is now gone from the project’s website.
The project’s Pulitzer-winning architect Nikole Hannah-Jones continues to beclown herself, this time by claiming the project “does not argue that 1776 was not the founding of the country” when a graphic that literally crossed out “July 4, 1776” and replaced it with “August 20, 1619” was the banner photo on her Twitter profile when the essay collection launched and the website explicitly said it was an effort to “reframe the country’s history” to “[understand] 1619 as our true founding.” It’s a sad joke made even sadder by the fact that the project has been integrated into curriculum in the school districts of three major cities.
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