Biden Suspends History

1/27/21
 
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from FoxNews,
1/26/21:

On January 18th, President Trump-backed 1776 Commission released a report, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on the state of American education in what the White House described as a “rebuttal” to the New York Times “1619 Project” and other historical accounts that take a critical view of the country’s earliest days. The report cited the series of ‘1619 Project’ essays as ‘toxic propaganda’ that is a ‘crusade against American history’

On January 26th, President Biden suspended the commission.

1776 Honors America’s Diversity in a Way 1619 Does Not. Academic historians, conservatives, and Trotskyist socialists rightly reject The New York Times’ reframing of the past.

America’s original revolutionaries, along with Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King Jr., all placed the universalist ideals of the Declaration of Independence at the center of this country’s founding. But that paradigm is under vigorous challenge from The New York Times Magazine and the ‘1619 Project’.

The most sustained, ambitious critiques came later—and from an unexpected source: the World Socialist Web Site. In the view of the site’s editors, The New York Times is engaged in a reactionary, politically motivated “falsification of history” that wrongly centers racial rather than class conflict.

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The 1776 report‘ report was developed in response to Trump’s call to promote “patriotic education” in schools. In the report, the commission argues that schools “should reject any curriculum that promotes one-sided partisan opinions, activist propaganda, or factional ideologies that demean America’s heritage, dishonor our heroes, or deny our principles.

“Neither America nor any other nation has perfectly lived up to the universal truths of equality, liberty, justice and government by consent,” the report says. “But no nation before America ever dared state those truths as the formal basis for its politics, and none has strived harder, or done more, to achieve them.”

1776 Honors America’s Diversity in a Way 1619 Does Not. Academic historians, conservatives, and Trotskyist socialists rightly reject The New York Times’ reframing of the past.

America’s original revolutionaries, along with Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King Jr., all placed the universalist ideals of the Declaration of Independence at the center of this country’s founding. But that paradigm is under vigorous challenge from The New York Times Magazine and the ‘1619 Project’.

The most sustained, ambitious critiques came later—and from an unexpected source: the World Socialist Web Site. In the view of the site’s editors, The New York Times is engaged in a reactionary, politically motivated “falsification of history” that wrongly centers racial rather than class conflict.

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