Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is asking President Biden’s Education Department to drop its plan to incentivize schools to teach the New York Times’ “historically-dubious” 1619 Project.
The Kentucky Republican wrote in a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona that the Times’ slavery-focused project is full of “historically-dubious buzzwords and propaganda.”
“Our nation’s youth do not need activist indoctrination that fixates solely on past flaws and splits our nation into divided camps. Taxpayer-supported programs should emphasize the shared civic virtues that bring us together, not push radical agendas that tear us apart,” McConnell wrote.
“This campaign to ‘reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding’ has become infamous for putting ill-informed advocacy ahead of historical accuracy,” McConnell wrote in the letter.
Nikole Hannah-Jones is the founder of the 1619 Project.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
“Actual, trained, credentialed historians with diverse political views have debunked the project’s many factual and historical errors, such as the bizarre and inaccurate notion that preserving