President Donald Trump is condemning the New York Times‘ 1619 Project and the schools that use it to teach their students. The 1619 Project is a school curriculum that reframes events in American history.
“The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative,” according to the New York Times website.
The President tweeted that the U.S. Department of Education would investigate whether or not California schools are using the materials provided by the Project.
“Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
This comes after Trump announced his plan to ban federal agencies from practicing racial sensitivity training. The training acknowledges white privilege and opens up about critical race theory, CNN reported.
In a two-page memo, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Russell Vought, called the effort to train federal agencies to be racially sensitive was “un-American propaganda.”
New York Times Magazine published the 1619 Project last year. After the launch, materials were created to help teachers develop educational resources and a curriculum.
Other Republicans like Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas have introduced legislation that would ban schools from teaching the 1619 Project under the name ‘Saving American History Act of 2020’, CNN reported.
The affected schools would also be ineligible for government grants.
“We want our sons and daughters to know the truth,” Trump said.
“America is the greatest and most exceptional nation in the history of the world. Our country wasn’t built by cancel culture, speech codes, and crushing conformity. We are not a nation of timid spirits.”
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