Sen. Tom Cotton Wants to “Save” Schools from Teaching Leftists Agenda that “America is Built on Slavery”
As the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum, some publications are also using the current political landscape to push for the leftist agenda. One such example is the new York Time’s “1619 Project,” which aims to revise American history by declaring that the United States is built on slavery.
Unfortunately, Republicans refused to believe the narrative. To stop left-wing supporters from completely changing America’s history, Sen. Tom Cotton introduced a bill called The Saving American History Act 2020.
The bill aims to counteract false left-wing narrative by asserting that the country was founded on July 4, 1776. It also reiterates that the country’s fundamental principles were stated in the Declaration of Independence. In addition, the bill also acknowledges the emerging threat in American history, stating that “An activist movement is now gaining momentum to deny or obfuscate this history by claiming that America was not founded on the ideals of the Declaration but rather on slavery and oppression.”
During a press statement, Cotton described the 1619 project as “racially divisive”, over its attempt to revise American history by taking out the very foundation of American principles such as equality and freedom. With the Saving American History bill, Cotton assures that “not a single cent” of federal funding will go to what he considers as “left-wing garbage.”
The NYT's 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom & equality on which our nation was founded.— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) July 23, 2020
Federal funding shouldn't help indoctrinate young Americans w/ this left-wing garbage.
However, what’s even more concerning is that despite receiving widespread criticisms and claims of historical inaccuracies, some schools in Chicago, Newark, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and New York have already included the 1619 Project in their curriculum. Thus, the bill would address the growing concern that the 1619 Project is teaching students a “distorted”’ narrative” that the country is built on the back of slaves.
Basically, the 1619 Project is an “ongoing initiative,” which was developed by the New York Times. The project’s goal was to “re-examine” the legacy that slavery has on American history. One of its contributors, Pulitzer-prize winning author Nikole Hannah Jones argued that the United States was founded in 1619 when the first group of African-American slaves arrived in West Virginia. She also lobbied that in order for the country to achieve “justice and equality,” they must pay their dues to black Americans.
However, historians pushed back with Jones’s ludicrous claim. The Washington Times Editorial board scoffed at her idea that the American Revolution happened in order for slavery to flourish. “This assertion is so wrong, so factually inaccurate,” the media outlet wrote.
Other historians such as University Professor Leslie Harris claimed that he sat in “stunned silence” while listening to Jone’s argument. He also claimed that slavery was not the reason why the 13 colonies decided to stand up against the British troops. Moreover, Pulitzer-Prize winning author James McPherson, professor emeritus of history at Princeton University, also agreed with Harris’ sentiment. McPherson said that he was “very disturbed” by Jones’s writing and described the entire article as “unbalanced” and “one-sided.”