• Give ‘Em Credit for Honesty: NYT Is ‘Reframing’ History for ‘Wokes’ ‘ Sake

    Surge Summary: The New York Times “1619 Project” openly aims to “reframe” American history around the existence of slavery — identifying that institution as being the source of the nation’s true founding. 

    The New York Times candidly announces its objective in an upcoming series of op-eds, live events, and lectures is to “reframe” the history of America. Points to them for honesty. But what is the granular goal of that “reframing”? To convince readers that America wasn’t founded in 1776, but actually well over a century earlier than that.

    Alrighty, then …

    One could say “The Gray Lady” has “gone woke”, introducing last Wednesday what it is calling The 1619 Project:

    “a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.” [Steve Jordahl/OneNewsNow]

    Historian David Barton of WallBuilders, cuts to the bottom line: The broadsheet has concluded the U.S. is racist to the core, at its very foundation, and continues to oppress African Americans.

    “It’s a real academic problem,” he responds. “You might as well tell the story of the American War for Independence and the only part you cover is Benedict Arnold. You don’t talk about all the good things – you only talk about the bad things.”

    Writer/talk host Ben Shapiro concludes the Times’ staff is essentially tracing everything they don’t like about modern society – particularly modern conservative views and Donald Trump – back to the nation’s “original sin” of slavery.

    Neither is Southern Baptist luminary Southern Evangelical Seminary ‘s Dr. Richard Land putting up with the Times‘ revisionist history.

    “I certainly say yes, that the history of slavery still impacts the U.S. But the idea that we were founded in 1619 is counterfactual to history,” he tells OneNewsNow.

    He emphasizes America is the only country that’s bound together by ideals … versus, as is more common among nations, by a common race or geography or language.

    “If we get to the place where we do not have a consensus about our universal values that are enumerated in the Declaration and in the Constitution, then what do we have to hold us together?” he wonders.

    The American Family Association ‘s Ed Vitagliano posits the left is stoking a racial divide in America. If progressives can keep people angry enough, they’ll bail on democracy and embrace Marxism.

    “What these people want is revolution,” he stated Wednesday [August 14] on American Family Radio. “That’s why they’re attacking the foundations of this country. They want to overthrow them, and they want to replace it with Marxism. That’s what this is all about.”

    The 1619 Project consists of a special Sunday, August 18 issue of The New York Times Magazine. A five-part audio series/educational curriculum designed for distribution to high schools and universities is also scheduled for the months ahead.

    To be sure, America’s “Peculiar Institution” and racist policies or attitudes which followed slavery’s official end on her shores have been a blot on our history. Like all human beings, the United States has had its commendable features – and its sordid ones.

    Allowing that, slavery as this Republic’s foundation? Ummm … no. Are we forgetting that hardy band that landed on Virginia territory a dozen years before the first African slaves arrived? And what about the slave-less Pilgrims who settled hundreds of miles north of that region the same year as the unfortunate slaves initially stepped onto this continent?

    Slavery was an ignominious slice of American history, indeed. It self-evidently hasn’t been the only, or even the foundational, part. Or, at least it’s self-evident to those willing to put aside their “woke” agenda and recognize the demonstrably historically obvious.

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