Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took aim at the New York Times “1619 Project” after President Donald Trump suggested he would look into redirecting funds away from schools that use it.
“The 1619 Project,” created by Nikole Hannah-Jones and panned by numerous historians and political scientists, attempts to cast the Atlantic slave trade as the dominant factor in the founding of America—rather than natural rights and liberty.
Similar to other critics, Cruz wrote on Sept. 6 that its an attempt to revise history and promote Marxist propaganda.
“Calling out lies is not silence. NYT explicitly admits the 1619 project is revisionist history: It aims to reframe our countrys history. It is filled with serious errors—which have been called out by top historians—but the NYT doesnt care. Youre not after truth. Youre engaged in propaganda,” Cruz wrote on Twitter. He was responding to a claim that doing away with the project in schools is tantamount to “cancel culture.”
Historians have said the project contains a number of inaccuracies, including the claim that the Revolutionary War was an effort by colonists and the Founding Fathers to preserve the institution of slavery.
“Why should the false revisionist history not be used as the basis of K-12 education across the nation? Not because of cancel culture, which you support. But because it wrong & deliberately deceptive,” Cruz added.
“So, no, I dont want to cancel the NYT. I want yall to stop behaving like Marxist propagandists, stop peddling falsehoods to children, and behave instead like real journalists.”
On Sept. 6, Trump wrote that the Department of Education is “looking at” whether California schools are using “The 1619 Project” material in classes. “If so, they will not be funded!”
Last week, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought said that Trump ordered him to ensure that federal agencies remove training in and stop teaching “critical race theory,” which is based on Marxist critical theory.
“The President has directed me to ensure that Federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions,” Voughts announcement stated.
Earlier this year, a professor at Northwestern University, Leslie Harris, wrote that she helped fact-check the project and alerted Hannah-Jones about problems but allegedRead More From Source