Something extraordinary has happened.
On August 19, the New York Times published its “1619 Project” — a conscious re-writing of the arc of American history so radical that they had to completely ignore the top experts on American history to come up with something so tendentious.
They’re printing hundreds of thousands of reprints for school use, and some school districts are going to use it.
Consservatives responded with “stupid liberals, promoting identity politics again” and left it at that. No conservative publication seemed to think of actually talking to the top experts on American history that the Times ignored.
So far, dog bites man.
But now the Times is coming under attack from its left, as the World Socialist Web Site objects that by falsifying history to create a purely racial narrative, the Times is consciously trying to help the Democrat party and is suppressing the importance of class, so as to make almost impossible the formation of a multi-racial coalition of proletariat victims of capitalism.
That’s the ax they have to grind, but they ground it by interviewing the top experts on American history that everyone else had overlooked (as well as writing some pointed critiques of their own):
- Nikole Hannah-Jones, race theory and the Holocaust
- The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history
- Historian Victoria Bynum on the inaccuracies of the New York Times 1619 Project
- An interview with historian James Oakes on the New York Times’ 1619 Project
- An interview with historian James McPherson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project
- An interview with historian Gordon Wood on the New York Times’ 1619 Project
I’m indebted to Rod Dreher for calling this extraordinary set of articles to my attention, but we’re all more deeply in debt to the cantakerous socialists for doing the work nobody else thought, or cared, to do.
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Sailing on the sea of this present life, I think of the ocean of my many offenses; and not having a pilot for my thoughts, I call to Thee with the cry of Peter, save me, O Christ! Save me, O God! For Thou art the lover of mankind.
(From A Psalter for Prayer)