(FiveNation.com)- After President Donald Trump made the decision to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in government institutions, he’s now suggesting that schools who teach equally divisive and race-based ideas will also lose funding. On Sunday morning, President Trump suggested the Department of Education, under his advice, was considering investigating schools that teach the “1619 Project,” a divisive re-writing of America’s history.
If you’ve never heard of it, it’s probably because you don’t read the New York Times. The idea is promoted regularly by the far-left newspaper. It argues that America wasn’t founded in 1776, but instead in 1619. The proponents of this historically inaccurate argument say that the first slaves arriving on the land constituted the founding of the United States, which is not the cause.
The project also says that the Revolutionary War occurred because of…capitalism…and say that the Founding Fathers only wanted to preserve the slave economy that the British Empire was preparing to abolish at the time. Proponents of the concept are universally far-left radicals who believe the United States is systemically racist and that black people are not afforded the same opportunities as white people.
Which is verifiably untrue.
Some schoolteachers are already pushing this rewritten history in the classroom, but that could change very soon not just because it is historically inaccurate but because it promoted racial division. Schools across Illinois, New York, and California have already pledged to introduce the 1619 Project to their history classes.
Even historians who are largely on the side of the “racial justice” campaign have addressed the project, saying that it changes “matters of verifiable fact” in such a way that “cannot be described as interpretation or ‘framing.’” Historians even wrote a letter to the New York Times saying that the project demonstrates a total “displacement of historical understanding by ideology.”
In short, proponents of the idea simply are not telling the truth.
“These errors, which concern major events, cannot be described as interpretation,” they wrote. “They are matters of verifiable fact, which are the foundation of both honest scholarship and honest journalism. They suggest a displacement of historical understanding by ideology. Dismissal of objections on racial grounds – that they are the objections of ‘white historians’ – has affirmed that displacement.”
The fact that this hasn’t been banned in schools already is shocking enough, but that could change in no time.