“This is not about the facts of history — it’s about trying to prohibit the teaching of ideas they don’t like”
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has sent a letter to the Department of Education, objecting to the implementation of the 1619 Project in American schools.
The project’s author, Nikole Hannah-Jones recently appeared on CNN to object, and laughably framed this as a free speech issue. Hannah-Jones herself has admitted that the 1619 Project is really all about controlling the narrative.
Here’s an excerpt from McConnell’s letter, via the New York Post:
Dear Secretary Cardona:
We write to express grave concern with the Department’s effort to reorient the bipartisan American History and Civics Education programs, including the Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics and the National Activities programs, away from their intended purposes toward a politicized and divisive agenda…
This is a time to strengthen the teaching of civics and American history in our schools. Instead, your Proposed Priorities double down on divisive, radical, and historically-dubious buzzwords and propaganda…
Families did not ask for this divisive nonsense. Voters did not vote for it. Americans never decided our children should be taught that our country is inherently evil. If your Administration had proposed actual legislation instead of trying to do this quietly through the Federal Register, that legislation would not pass Congress.
Say whatever you like about Mitch McConnell. He is absolutely correct in this. The people of America did not ask for this, the left is trying to force it on them.
The response from Hannah-Jones is ridiculous. She claims that this is a free speech issue. It is not. If I write a book claiming that Germany and Japan won World War II, my free speech rights are not being infringed if schools decline to rewrite history on my behalf.
Of course, CNN gave Hannah-Jones an unchallenged opportunity to make her case.
From the HuffPost:
In a Monday CNN interview, Hannah-Jones corrected McConnell and reiterated the 2019 project’s intent as outlined in her introductory essay.
“In fact, what I say is that despite everything this country has done to Black Americans — that Black Americans have seen the worst of America, and yet still believe in its best,” she said.
Hannah-Jones said McConnell’s effort to censor her project is a “freedom of speech issue,” and she said she was surprised more free speech advocates weren’t denouncing the effort.
“This is not about the facts of history — it’s about trying to prohibit the teaching of ideas they don’t like,” she said.
See the video below:
1619 Project creator @nhannahjones on efforts to ban making it part of school curriculums: “This is fundamentally a free speech issue … It’s not about the facts of history. It’s about trying to prohibit the teaching of ideas that they don’t like." pic.twitter.com/GcP5GpY2eX
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 3, 2021
It’s about trying to prevent lies created by Jones from being taught to children. The same way we don’t teach kids that dinosaurs and men roamed the earth together, we shouldn’t teach them the 1619 Project https://t.co/36oHbVbJS9
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) May 3, 2021
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