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Robin Smith / Sep. 28, 2020

1619 Project Revisionists Revise Their Own History

Just like BLM, the project has scrubbed some inconvenient stuff from its pages.

Earlier this year, a New York Times author was awarded a Pulitzer Prize — at one time the most prestigious award for journalism — for the 1619 Project. This collection of essays that supposedly tells the story of America was picked by a writer who, in 1995, had this to say in response to an opinion article written by a fellow Notre Dame sophomore honoring Christopher Columbus: “The white race is the biggest murderer, rapist, pillager, and thief of the modern world. Europeans have colonized and destroyed the indigenous populations on every continent of this planet. … Christopher Columbus and those like him were no different then [sic] Hitler.”

When history is treated as a narrative rather than a chronicle of events, that story is almost inevitably twisted to suit the agenda of those who tell the story.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the award recipient and history revisionist, is listed by The New York Times as a journalist, which would imply that she meets the definition of a journalist — one whose writing is characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation. But who needs Merriam-Webster and the integrity of words, right?

The 1619 Project takes the story of American exceptionalism — based on the cultures, traditions, and politics of the respective eras — and runs it through today’s Critical Race Theory (CRT), a social construct developed from “postmodern philosophy” as a “theoretical movement within American law schools in the mid- to late 1980s.” Again, who cares about definitions and meanings, right? CRT is a Marxist philosophy and theory that divides all of humanity into the oppressed and the oppressors.

Exactly what are the intentions of the 1619 Project? In the Times’s own words, “It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” But don’t waste your time looking for these statements now. The revisionists at the Times have removed the phrase “understanding 1619 as our true founding.”

We’re supposed to forget about the courageous expeditions of imperfect men, women, and their families seeking a better place to live. Forget about the fearless work of our Founders to craft a government of freedom and unify a nation to stand up in the face of tyranny. Forget about all of the progress Americans have made in equality and justice over the last 400 years.

Americans need to address and reject CRT ideology as the ongoing revision of all history — presentism. Presentism, as succinctly defined by Paul Bartow, PhD, is “the application of contemporary moral judgments or world views to the past.” Authentic historians understand this deception, while those who are rooted in the soil of identity politics are never satisfied by historical facts. As current cultural norms and mores are laid upon the timeline retrospectively, academia uses presentism to rewrite America’s past to partition civilization into groups managed by name-calling, envy, entitlement, and true fraud. While the acceptance of this revisionism grows ever more malignant, it permits the very actions of the Black Lives Matter founders who declared themselves to be “trained Marxists” with the aim of “disrupt[ing] the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” … until they rewrote their webpage.

Once upon a time, the study of history was used to ensure our best days lie before us. Today, employing theory, philosophy, and presentism, the sequence of past events are strung together, rearranged, erased, torn down, and set ablaze to create fiction served up as fact. The Left is destroying our present, attempting to rewrite the past, and guaranteeing a doomed future.

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