Recently, the 1619 project has raised a huge amount of buzz in the internet, and today, we are here to talk about all that Donald Trump, the President of USA had to say regarding the same. Well, before proceeding to dive any further, here’s a brief about the project in detail. The 1619 Project is an ongoing project. It is actually developed by The New York Times Magazine in the year 2019. The major aim of the project is “to reframe the history of the nation as a whole, thereby placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the national narrative.” Definitely, this is a major issue to talk upon and thus, students across the nation must be aware of the same.
Trump’s take on Department of Education regarding the 1619 project
President Donald Trump says that the Education department shall look into the interpretations of the history which according to him are un-American. Recently, in a tweet released by Trump on Sunday morning, he said that the US Department of Education is held responsible for looking into the matter and checking whether the schools in California are using the New York Times’ 1619 project. He has asked the department to give a thorough check into the schools’ public curriculum. Furthermore, Trump has clearly written it on Twitter that if this is found, the Department of Education will not be funded any longer.
The 1619 project was originally launched by the New York Times Magazine in the year 2019, and the Pulitzer Center has been a partner in education to this project. This has even assured the availability of the 1619 project curriculum across the online platform as well. It is still not clear what would be the extent of this phenomenon. Several schools have declared that they would adopt the 1619 project into their curriculum. This incident is referred to the convention speech given by Trump wherein he said, “Americans are exhausted, trying to keep up with the latest lists of approved words and phrases, and the ever more restrictive political decrees. Many things have a different name now, and the rules are constantly changing.” He even added to his speech by saying, “We want our sons and daughters to know the truth.” Another quote from Trump reveals “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.”
This is not just it, a comment from the President Trump and Attorney General William Bahr reveals that both of them have declared that they do not believe in the existence of systemic racism in USA.
Trump’s decision to penalize schools teaching the 1619 project
Donald Trump has recently announced that the K-12 schools in California teaching the 1619 project to their candidates will be penalized. They will not be applicable to claim federal funds any more. Although the impact and the extent of this initiative is not yet deciphered, it was probably not under the concern of the Department of Education that a lot of schools have already been teaching about it since the past few months. The resource talked about the enslaved Africans who were brought to the Virginia Colony, which happens to focus on slavery and reveals a lot of untold stories about the Black Americans, thereby reframing the American history as a whole.
1619 project: Being openly used by schools in California
Even though the President has already disapproved the use of the resource, a lot of schools in California, including that of the Chicago’s public school district which happens to be one of the largest in the country, was using it openly in its curriculum. According to our recent reports, we got to know that the CEO of Chicago Public schools (CPS), Dr Janice Jackson has written that each and every CPS High schools will be receiving around 200 to 400 copies of The New York Times’ the 1619 project to help the students know about how we are still under the influence of slavery even today. He further said that the stories that we tell about the history of our nation do play a very significant role in a school’s curriculum as that eventually helps in shaping up the candidates.
However, the stories regarding the 1619 project play a big role as they uphold the consequences of slavery and the contributions made by the black Americans and that’s something we cannot think about ignoring anyway! He goes on adding to it by saying that the stories of the project tells a lot not only about the country’s history but of our own selves as well. Jackson wrote that the collect of stories, poems, essays and images mark the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the American slavery and students need to be aware about it.
CPS CEO’s take on the 1619 project
The CPS CEO had even said that the schools and colleges, including each and every educational institution has been trying hard to incorporate new tools and strategies, so as to help the learners, thereby helping them to contextualize the world. Thus, knowing about this 1619 project and the subject matter of it, will surely help them grow up to be informed and effective citizens one day. Another source mentioned about the Far South Side’s Brooks College Preparatory Academy and the fact that 1619 project is being taught over there!
Arterah Griggs, a student openly declared it on the public forum that it was only after she came across the 1619 project that she felt as if she has been misled so far regarding the realities of the Black history in the US during her middle school days. Griggs said to The Sun Times that she had so far been aware of Christopher Columbus who had discovered the nation. Her conception has changed and now, she could finally know that the Americans have founded them altogether.