A major mainstream subscription-based U.S. newspaper has engineered a clever propaganda campaign that combines legitimate history with an attack on the incumbent Republican President who will stand for re-election in 2020, having promised to Make American Great Again (MAGA).
A Black American staff writer for the New York Times named Nikole Hannah-Jones is behind an educational and consciousness-raising series that launched yesterday, Sunday, August 18, 2019.
The 1619 Project “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.”
This year marks the 400th anniversary since the first African slaves arrived in colonial Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. The captives were auctioned off to the highest bidder – almost always to a white man who owned farmland or some other enterprise requiring hard manual labor.
Black slaves suffered many human rights abuses which fueled the U.S. civil rights movements since the 1960s, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. until his untimely assassination on April 4, 1968.
Hannah-Jones, through Project 1619, is making the case that U.S. history began well before the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776 and that white supremacy underlies the Constitution:
“The basic thrust of The 1619 project is that everything in American history is explained by slavery and race. The message is woven throughout the first publication of the project, an entire edition of the Times magazine. It begins with an overview of race in America — ‘Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make the true.'”
Project 1619 blends facts with subjective interpretation. For example, the project suggests that the modern economy, black underemployment, and inequal opportunity all trace back to the public slave market:
“If you want to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.”
Other intriguing conspiratorial topics treated by Project 1619 are:
Food – “The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery.”
National physical health – “Why doesn’t the United States have universal health care? The answer begins with policies enacted after the Civil War.”
Politics – “America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others.”
Daily life – “What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot.”
The NYT plans to offer its slavery awareness program to schools for early indoctrination to the new “framing” of American history where white men are the bad guys and black people are still being victimized by the system:
The Times has partnered with an organization called The Pulitzer Center (no relation to the award-granting group that presents the Pulitzer Prize) to develop a course of study for Project 1619. A message to teachers reads:
“Here you will find reading guides, activities, and other resources to bring The 1619 Project into your classroom.”
While historical consciousness-raising and education are vitally important, the liberal New York newspaper appears to have an ulterior motive in promoting this particular agenda right now, 15 months before the 2020 presidential election.
Having gained zero political dirt from Mueller’s expensive and lengthy Democrat-driven Trump-Russia election meddling investigation, the liberal newspaper has changed its storyline.
Now, the media outlet is painting President Trump as a die-hard racist, based on candid Twitter messages he has posted concerning four controversial freshmen Congresswoman known as the Squad.
This is no wild and unsubstantiated claim. A leaked transcript of a speech from Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the NYT, revealed that the publication is now focused on claiming Trump is a racist until next year’s election.
Responding to Project 1619, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), pointed out the editorial slant to the Time initiative:
“There was a time when journalists covered ‘news.’ The NYT has given up on even pretending anymore. Today, they are Pravda, a propaganda outlet by liberals, for liberals. These remarks at their ‘town hall’ are a scandal & would be a firing offense at any real journalistic outlet.”
Cruz continued his summary of Project 1619:
“The Editor says (in effect) ‘for 2 yrs, we covered “Russia, Russia, Russia,” facts be damned; now we’ll scream “racism, racism, racism” for 18 mos, and the rest of the media follow us.’ That’s not journalism.”
John Harwood, a reporter for CNBC, challenged Cruz’s opinion and said that Baquet had actually said that the Times swiveled its storyline from Russian collusion because its editors were treating the story “a certain way” based on what their liberal readers wanted to know and have happen:
“Chapter 1 of the story of Donald Trump, not only for our newsroom but, frankly, for our readers, was: Did Donald Trump have untoward relationships with the Russians, and was there obstruction of justice? …We set ourselves up to cover that story…And I think we covered that story better than anybody else.”
But everything changed after Mueller failed to find any evidence linking Trump to Russia agents before the 2016 national election, according to Baquet:
“Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, ‘Holy shit, Bob Mueller is not going to do it.’ And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically, I think. Because, you know, for obvious reasons. And I think that the story changed. A lot of the stuff we’re talking about started to emerge like six or seven weeks ago. We’re a little tiny bit flat-footed. I mean, that’s what happens when a story looks a certain way for two years. Right?”
To recap, the New York Times is running a blame/shame series on slavery and racism in the U.S. and simultaneously labeling the conservative president a racist at every editorial opportunity. Coincidence?