Trump Threatens To Yank Funding From Schools That Teach 1619 Project
Written by Black Voices on September 6, 2020
President Donald Trump has launched one other assault in opposition to training meant to deal with racism in America.
On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that the Division of Training was investigating whether or not California public faculties had carried out the New York Occasions’ 1619 Mission into their curriculum. The Pulitzer Prize-winning initiative goals to reframe American historical past across the yr slaves landed on its shores and by “putting the results of slavery and the contributions of Black People on the very middle of our nationwide narrative.”
“Division of Training is this. If that’s the case, they won’t be funded!” Trump wrote, sharing a Sept. 1 tweet from an unverified account stating that California faculties had been utilizing the curriculum.
It follows a White Home memo launched on Friday and obtained by the Washington Put up that ordered federal businesses to discontinue racial sensitivity coaching. The Trump administration claimed the coaching periods had been “divisive, anti-American propaganda” and that trainings that point out white privilege or recommend that racism is a part of the nation’s basis undercut the federal government’s core values.
All businesses had been directed to cancel any coaching associated to white privilege or important race principle, a faculty of thought which views race as a social assemble that’s utilized by white individuals to perpetuate institutional racism on the expense of individuals of colour.
It’s unclear how a lot of this coaching was performed at federal businesses. The memo was issued days after a visitor on Fox Information’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” bashed important race principle and referred to as for its elimination from federal authorities establishments.
Equally, whereas some faculties have moved to include the 1619 Mission into lessons, the extent is just not identified. The curriculum is obtainable free of charge on-line.
On Sunday, historian Nicole Hemmer, who authored a ebook about right-wing media’s function in remodeling American politics, weighed in on Trump’s directives in an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter.
“I don’t suppose any of us imagine that the president has deep ideas about important race principle or that he’s learn the 1619 Mission,” she stated. “These have actually change into watchwords for what the suitable sees as anti-white racism.”
Trump’s allies have additionally attacked instructing a model of historical past that’s not flattering to the U.S. Earlier this yr, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton launched the Saving American Historical past Act of 2020, laws that may prohibit using federal funds to show the 1619 Mission. He stated the mission was “a racially divisive, revisionist account of historical past that denies the noble rules of freedom and equality on which our nation was based.”
Trump has claimed systemic racism is just not an issue in America.
Trump’s feedback come in the midst of a nationwide depending on race sparked by protests in opposition to racism and police violence.
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