George Orwell once made this prescient statement: “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
Guess who was listening to the author of 1984?
Joe Biden was. So were the leaders of the American Federation of Teachers Union, the bogus wannabe historian named Nikole Hannah-Jones who created the fallacious 1619 Project, and the fatuous and Marxist Critical Race Theorists.
Apparently, they were all listening.
And now millions of America’s children are paying the price.
Instead of learning that the United States was created out of the 1776 Declaration of Independence by men and women seeking to break away from a tyrannical British Empire, they are learning that our nation was actually created in 1619 when a foreign ship carrying a few dozen African slaves arrived on the shores of what someday would become the United States of America.
The 1619 Project, which is being rammed down children’s throats in countless schools administered by a growing cadre of socialist/Marists, says the following:
“American colonists fought for independence from the British Empire on the grounds that an America untethered from Britain would allow the institution of slavery to flourish”
That allegation is so wrong, so factually inaccurate, that leading historians (BTW, Hannah-Jones is a journalist, not a historian) of both conservative and liberal persuasions, systematically went through her research and found no evidence supporting her contention. They did, however, find a trove of historical inaccuracies and distortions.
But hey, Joe Biden and the American Federation of Teachers Union, to whom our stumbling and mumbling president is beholden, are not letting that little fact get in the way of their plan to indoctrinate children to the point that they grow up despising the country they were born in.
And never mind that for most of its 230-plus years America has been a beacon of hope and freedom for millions of the world’s politically and socially oppressed people. What does it say on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor?
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!?”
No, slavery is what defines and has defined America from the time the first Europeans arrived at Plymouth Rock—not what is inscribed at the base of Lady Liberty.
After all, we fought the Revolutionary War to preserve slavery, right?
But we actually DID fight a brutal and bloody Civil War TO END slavery. That was a war in which more Americans died (a majority of them white Americans) than in any other war in our history—620,000.
And by the way, the United States is the ONLY nation EVER to fight a war to END SLAVERY!
The Critical Race Theorists and Hannah Jones would have our children believe that somehow slavery was “unique” to America, when in fact, slavery has been a fact of human existence for millennia. The Roman Empire enslaved millions of people, as did the Egyptians, the Greeks, Arabs, the Chinese, and even the tribes of Africa.
In fact, slavery existed in the New World among the native populations in North and South America when the Spanish and Portuguese arrived to pillage and plunder in the 1500s.
It didn’t begin in 1619 with the arrival of a ship carrying African slaves. It was already here, and flourishing, thank you very much.
Next in the erroneous and specious history curriculum created for young and malleable American minds is the preposterous and outrageous notion of Critical Race Theory which insists that America is a systemically racist nation, always has been, and that white people are inherent and irredeemable racists by virtue of their birth.
Rather than me arguing against this patently absurd notion, I will turn to Dr. Carol Swain, retired professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, who is also a scholar in the areas of race relations, immigration, representation, evangelical politics, and the United States Constitution. Dr. Swain also served as vice chairman of the 1776 commission, which President Biden abolished on the first day he took office.
God forbid that a President of the United States should allow children and others to learn about the TRUE founding of our nation. Instead, let’s make sure they drink the poisonous Kool-Aid of the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory.
Here is what Dr. Swain has to say about CRT:
“Let me explain what critical race theory is. It comes out of Marxism. And it divides the world into oppressors and the oppressed, or the victims. Minorities are the victims. White people are the oppressors. It argues that all White people are racists. That they have a property interest in their whiteness. That they should divest themselves of their whiteness. And they divest themselves by becoming anti-racist.
“And you become anti-racist by actively engaging in the society in fighting racism wherever it appears. The problem is the left continually redefines what is considered racist. And the whole exercise of this diversity, equity and inclusion training focuses on making white people aware of their privileges that are undeserved – that is tied to the sins of their fathers and themselves.
“CRT argues that all white people are racist. It’s not enough to say that you are not a racist. You have to actively do something that proves that you aren’t. The problem in America, and the problem for churches, is that it’s like a whole new gospel because it requires every white person to confess with their mouths that they are racists.
“Because they were born with white skin color, they are required to become woke. And when they become woke, then they have to engage in anti-racist behavior to make themselves right on this issue.
“In America it is unconstitutional, I believe, it’s a violation of the equal protection clause to single out one particular race for shaming or for discrimination. It’s also a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits racial discrimination. And what takes place in those sessions, and in many orientation exercises, is a shaming of white people that would be inappropriate if it was being done to any other group.”
Well said, Dr. Swain.
And yet my grandchildren are learning that they are wicked and racist because of their white skin. They are being indoctrinated by a cadre of America hating socialist/Marxists who could just as well have been teaching American history in the old and now extinct “Evil Empire,” AKA. The Soviet Union.
So instead of listing to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s classic poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” perhaps children will listen to teachers read from the incantations of Critical Race Theory about how Revere and his disgusting white male cronies went to war against the most powerful empire in the world to preserve and sustain slavery.
They will learn that they are little racist oppressors while their fellow black, Hispanic, and Asian classmates will be told they are victims of oppression.
Way to encourage Americans to judge people by the color of their skin rather than by the content of their character, President Biden.
Was Martin Luther King wrong to say that he wanted his children to be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin??
I think not. What MLK said was brilliant and should be the guiding principle in ALL American schools.
Instead, they are being taught the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory.
I can’t help wondering if American children and students might begin to question the flawed notions of CRT and the 1619 Project when they recall that the United States is a nation of immigrants.
When they do, I hope they will ask their teachers this question: Why do millions and millions of people of all races, religions, and ethnicities continue to risk their lives every year to enter a systemically racist nation where they will be oppressed?
I wonder how their teachers will answer THAT question.