Trump Administration’s '1776 Report' Justifies Slavery, Three-Fifths Compromise

Written by on January 18, 2021

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, solely two days earlier than President Donald Trump leaves workplace, the Trump administration launched a report from its “1776 Fee” that excuses slavery, justifies the racist Three-fifths Compromise and rails towards socialism and “id politics.” 

The “1776 Fee” — shaped by Trump in September in direct response to The New York Occasions’ 1619 Venture on America’s deep roots in slavery and racial injustice — launched a report Monday that was meant to supply a “definitive chronicle of the American founding.”

The 45-page report reads in locations like a right-wing manifesto: It makes excuses for slavery and the Three-fifths Compromise that declared slaves counted as lower than full people. It decries socialism and “id politics,” celebrates the appropriate to bear arms and calls the anti-abortion motion one of many nation’s “nice reforms.”

The report notably defends the nation’s Founding Fathers, who owned slaves, arguing that slavery was not “a uniquely American evil” and urging that “the establishment be seen in a wider perspective.” 

The report goes on to justify the Three-fifths Compromise — by which white lawmakers from Northern and Southern states in 1787 agreed to rely Black folks as three-fifths of an individual for congressional illustration — saying that this was “simply that: compromises,” and that, “as a query of sensible politics, no sturdy union might have been shaped and not using a compromise among the many states on the problem of slavery.” 

Historian and slavery scholar Daina Ramey Berry mentioned the report “advocates educating a slim ‘patriotic’ historical past” of America and goals to “muzzle those that search to show a full and correct historical past of America, together with journalists of The New York Occasions’ 1619 Venture.”

“From a historian’s vantage level, the report can’t be taken as a stable piece of historic work: It seeks to justify slavery and its damaging aftermath to be able to indoctrinate yet one more era of American college students,” Ramey Berry, chair of the historical past division on the College of Texas at Austin, informed HuffPost. 

“The final 4 years, underscored by the previous couple of weeks, have demonstrated how fragile our embrace of fact may be and the implications of purposeful disinformation,” she added.

The Trump fee’s report says that the present political divisions amongst People “bring to mind” these “between the Accomplice and Union forces within the Civil Warfare” — a struggle that was fought over slavery. It goes on to tout the appropriate to bear arms, saying “an armed folks is a folks able to defending their liberty at least their lives and is the final, determined test towards the worst tyranny.”

Earlier this month, Trump incited an armed mob of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol, the place lawmakers had been voting to certify the outcomes of the presidential election, which Trump misplaced and but repeatedly lied about it being fraudulent. Every week later, the Democratic-led Home of Representatives impeached Trump for inciting an rebellion — making him the one president to ever be impeached twice.  

Trump’s 1776 Fee report, which incorporates a number of photographs of Martin Luther King Jr., criticizes affirmative motion, calling it “preferential remedy,” and says right this moment’s “id politics” are “the other of King’s hope that his kids would ‘stay in a nation the place they won’t be judged by the colour of their pores and skin.’” 

Simply days earlier, Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., shared a clip of the civil rights icon on Twitter by which King skewers America for releasing Black slaves in 1863, then giving them no land or sources to get began on, all whereas making a gift of land to white settlers. 

“When white People inform the Negro to carry himself by his personal bootstraps, they don’t look over the legacy of slavery and segregation,” King says within the clip. “It’s a merciless jest to say to a bootless man that he must carry himself by his personal bootstraps.” 

The Trump fee’s report additionally rails towards socialism as main folks down a “harmful path” of wealth redistribution and cites “anti-Communism” and “the Professional-Life Motion” — or anti-abortion motion — as a few of the “nice reforms” of the nation’s historical past. 

It concludes that universities are “hotbeds of anti-Americanism, libel and censorship,” and warns towards any educating that “shames People by highlighting solely the sins of their ancestors and teaches claims of systemic racism.” It additionally recommends Ok-12 colleges “reject any curriculum” that demeans “America’s heritage.” 

The administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who take workplace on Wednesday — when Harris turns into the primary Black, first Asian American and first feminine vp — will possible do nothing with the report. The incoming administration has repeatedly dedicated to “root out systemic racism.” 

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