With his eye on California, President Donald Trump announced Sunday that the Department of Education may pull funding from public schools that teach The New York Times‘ 1619 Project as part of their curriculum, the Daily Caller reported.
According to the Daily Caller, the president said in a tweet that if the Department of Education finds that California has “implemented the 1619 [P]project into the public schools,” those schools “will not be funded.”
Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded! https://t.co/dHsw6Y6Y3M
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2020
As the Daily Caller noted, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) first brought forward legislation in July seeking to pull funding from schools that accept the 1619 Project as fact.
“The New York Times’s 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded,” Cotton said in a press release, according to the Daily Caller.
He went on: “Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage.”
According to a May report from Education Next, the editor of the New York Times Magazine said “[t]he goal of The 1619 Project is to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation’s birth year.”
“Doing so requires us to place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of [B]lack Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country,” Jake Silverstein added.
But as Education Next’s Naomi Schaefer Riley noted, the project has faced sharp criticism from both sides of the political aisle.
Schaefer Riley reported:
The 1619 Project story draws straight lines between slavery and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, asking students to look at the similarities in poems about the two. Slavery, by that account, is directly responsible for mass incarceration, for healthcare disparities and a variety of other social ills that have befallen African Americans at disparate rates. There is little sense that there have been 160 years of history or public policy in the meantime.
A May report from the New York Post further alleged that the project has “slandered America.” As far as President Trump is concerned, that’s not something American students should have to be exposed to.