Nikole Hannah-Jones and others introduced a new, previously unknown notion in the New York Times that since 1619 when a pirate ship arrived in America and sold its slaves to the Americans, nothing, yes nothing, in America was done for any other reason than to enslave people of color. This was the founding idea of America, not the Declaration of Independence. Slavery of non-whites is an idea that became entrenched in the minds of American whites. Only a surgical revolution in the US will remove the cancer. Children beginning in pre-kindergarten must be taught that white people are evil. Many schools have accepted the outrageous idea and the curriculum that they developed. Peter W. Wood uncovers the lie by telling us the true history in his book “1620, A Critical Response to the 1619 Project.” He shows us that Hannah-Jones is wrong when she insists that:
The blacks that the pirates brought to the US in 1619 were enslaved by the Americans.
The American Revolution was fought to protect American slave owners from the threat of abolition of slavery by British authorities.
Lincoln was a racist whose primary intent was to keep blacks and whites separate.
For the most part, no whites helped blacks become free.
Plantation slavery and its cotton production was the foundation of American capitalism. Thus, the enslavement of blacks is also the foundation of capitalism.
American blacks are involved daily fighting white supremacy.
Wood shows readers that dozens of “historians and others have publicly criticized the project for its errors and subversive aims.” He shows why if the 1619 project was “a term paper, any knowledgeable, fair-minded teacher would give it an F and be done with it.”
Amazingly, once confronted with the true facts of history, Hannah-Jones and her supporters admitted that Hannah-Jones messed up some details and the supposed facts are not true, that the project “was never intended to be history.” But they claimed “that doesn’t undermine the larger importance of the project…. The 1619 Project is only the beginning of a conversation. Sometimes you have to exaggerate a little to get the conversation going.” Then the supporters added another lie that before the introduction of the project “no one talked about slavery or race.” But even more amazing and outrageous, despite recognizing that the supposed facts are untrue, the supporters insist that it must be taught in American schools to impressionable children.