History has always been one of my favorite subjects especially as I write news articles covering our country’s past, present, and future. When looking backward we must reply on first; documents that were written by those alive at the time, then use additional information from secondary sources. First-hand information must be interpreted in light of the cultural norms present at the creation of their painting, music, letters, etc.
A mistake, intentionally by some, is to apply our 2020 divided culture’s “ethics” to people living in past generations, and then judging them in light of our individual current standards. Several people in so-called, Social Justice Movements, are demanding the removal of historical painting, statues, and monuments as they use the far-left media to re-write history.
This brings us to the 1619 Project.
“The 1619 Project” was published last year in the New York Times Magazine. The series’ central theme was that America’s true founding wasn’t 1776 but 1619 — the year that slaves from Africa were first brought to the colonies. Though fraught with documented errors by multiple historians, The Times mostly ignored the objections and Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize. This same Hannah-Jones made headlines last month after she said it’d be an “honor” if violent and deadly riots in the wake of George Floyd’s death were remembered as the “1619 Riots.”
Oprah Winfrey, Lionsgate Team to Bring New York Times’ ‘1619 Project’ to TV and Film
The New York Times’ “1619 Project” is getting the full Hollywood treatment, thanks to Lionsgate and Oprah Winfrey.
Under the deal, the controversial series of articles that sought to reframe American history around slavery will be adapted for the big and small screens — feature films, television series, documentaries, and various forms of unscripted content. Lionsgate will serve as the studio while Winfrey has come aboard as a producer.
“We took very seriously our duty to find TV and film partners that would respect and honor the work and mission of ‘The 1619 Project,’ that understood our vision and deep moral obligation to doing justice to these stories,” Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Times reporter who spearheaded the project, said in a statement to The Root, which first reported the deal.
When the #1619Project came out almost a year ago, I stood in tearful applause for the profound offering that it was giving our culture and nation. Today, I am honored to be a part of @nhannahjones’ vision to bring her transformative work to a global audience. Stay tuned, y’all! https://t.co/zcmVlLeSKV
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) July 8, 2020
The series sparked almost instant controversy by claiming that the Revolutionary War was fought to preserve slavery. Several prominent historians, including one who consulted on the series, have disputed the claim and called out Nikole Hannah-Jones’ central essay for factual inaccuracies.
A few examples include Conservative Talk Show Host, Glenn Beck’s informative series exposing the deception of this NY Times propaganda piece.
‘1619 Project’ EXPOSED: The agenda to tear down America
Leslie M. Harris is professor of history at Northwestern University, and author of In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863 and Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies
Wrote in Politico –
I Helped Fact-Check the 1619 Project. The Times Ignored Me. The paper’s series on slavery made avoidable mistakes. But the attacks from its critics are much more dangerous.
On August 19 of last year, I listened in stunned silence as Nikole Hannah-Jones, a reporter for the New York Times, repeated an idea that I had vigorously argued against with her fact-checker: that the patriots fought the American Revolution in large part to preserve slavery in North America.
Unfortunately, the left will push the 1619 Project and using their massive media empires, 5 corporations have amassed, will be effective in convincing a large number of young Americans, who will not fact check this information. Already angry, anti-white, and aggressive, this group including members of ANFIFA / BLM, etc, will have additional “justification” to confront anyone who stands in the way of achieving social justice. Typically their demands include reparations payments, free education, free housing, re-education of white students, and affirmative action in all aspects of American culture.
You can expect more division, violence, and cultural pressures to come out of these efforts, which will compound an already almost insurmountable mountain to climb for returning to American unity.