The 1619 Project has the strong support of the New York Times, often thought of as the nation's preeminent news source, yet today being largely a propaganda organ for the left. And it has been presented before school boards in many communities and already being interjected into many schools, including the Chicago schools. It claims that the true beginning of Colonial political thought dates back to the Virginia Colony in 1619, the year that African slaves were first delivered to work the fields in the large crown colony. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Yes, slavery in what would eventually be the United States did begin in that year, but it had nothing to do with the governance that would be created later after freedom of the new nation was achieved from England. Slavery was merely part of an agrarian program that provided manpower to work the farms and thereby feed the growing colony. And it is noted that many of the slaves worked side by side with indentured servants, those who worked in similar condition to pay for their passage to freedom. The only difference was that the indentured servants would gain their freedom after completion of their required service, usually seven long years.
Fast forward to the First and Second Continental Congress conventions and, as part of the process of developing the Constitution, the delegates were asked to deal with the delicate subject of slavery. Many wanted it fully abolished, others said that would cause economic disaster and so, in the end, leaving it in place was necessary to gain agreement go go forward. So, it was allowed yet all knew that at some point it would come back and could not then be avoided. Yet, getting the nation underway had to take precedence to keep the drive for self-governance alive. And we all know what happened during the Civil War and so slavery would end and the process of reaching the ultimate goal was undertaken and America has made huge strides and advances driving us all to a better relationship with our fellow countrymen with the greatness that entails.
To the Project 1619 proponents I offer this. Instead of trying to blame others who suffered through no fault of anyone alive today, why not take an honorable way to address our issues, not by u dogma but in accordance with our wise constitutional guidance. Instead of calling for indoctrination and the imposition of reparations which make no sense at all, get in touch with Bob Woodson, head of the Woodson Foundation, a group of black scholars who respect the Constitution and are living proof