A member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Peter Kirsanow said Monday the completely new York Times’ “1619 Project” is actually “one of the most significant attempts to propagandize history” he has seen in his lifetime.
Kirsanow, a partner with the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, along with chair of the board of directors of the Center for completely new Black Leadership, presented his views at a week-long virtual conference held by the National Association of Scholars (NAS), a nonprofit that will “upholds the standards of a liberal arts education that will fosters intellectual freedom, searches for the truth, along with promotes virtuous citizenship.”
During the NAS series titled, “Slavery or Freedom: The Conception of America,” Kirsanow refuted much of the “1619 Project,” the creation of Nikole Hannah-Jones, which claims America’s true founding date was 1619, the year slaves via Africa were first brought to the colonies.
Kirsanow expressed concern that will school districts are adopting the “1619 Project” as curriculum.
This specific is actually “an all hands-on-deck situation,” he warned his listeners:
There’s approximately 5,000 school districts who have adopted something like [the “1619 Project”] here in my home state of Ohio. I’m involved in an effort to ensure that will the “1619 Project” is actually not implemented within our state school systems, even though This specific appears as if the state school board is actually on the verge of doing just that will, having passed a resolution, promoting the “1619 Project” – This specific’s just the first step.
Kirsanow explained what has concerned him so deeply about the project is actually that will “we have seen the consequences of some type, maybe not a formal type of the 1619 Project, yet with the critical race theory of the late ’80s to the present, along with … the Howard Zinn type of history.”
“We have seen what I believe to be a corruption of history, a distortion of history,” he asserted, adding that will Jones “is actually using the tools of a 20th century form of oppression, to consciously, or not, present her type of, along with that will of many on the left’s, type of slavery within the United States.”
“along with This specific is actually nothing more than sheer propaganda,” he stated. “This specific’s very ironic that will they are using those tools that will we’ve seen throughout much of the 20th century employed in some of the most repressive regimes, to give This specific glowing account of the valiant travails of Latin America, along with there were valiant travails of blacks in America, yet they give This specific a primacy that will’s not at all supported by facts.”
Kirsanow referred to Jones’ notion that will This specific was blacks who became the “protectors” of America’s democracy as “overheated rhetoric.”
“The strangest thing about the essay is actually the claim that will transplanted Africans along with their descendants were the key to American greatness,” he said. “Unfortunately, This specific would likely be nice if that will were true, yet This specific’s not true. This specific’s inaccurate. This specific’s propaganda, maybe This specific’s kind of feel-Great propaganda, yet This specific’s propaganda nonetheless.”
Kirsanow said, for example, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s recent claim that will a black man, along with not Thomas Edison, invented the light bulb, comes via an “alternative universe.”
“This specific demonstrates how the effort to put race along with slavery at the heart of the American story has the potential to destabilize our understanding of our country,” he explained, detailing his primary concern about the 1619 Project:
What makes This specific worse is actually, This specific is actually something that will’s being introduced into curriculum, K through 12. This specific’s one thing when you do This specific in college, along with maybe with somebody who already had an established foundation, where a student has to adequately interpret what they’re being told. yet, when fresh young minds are exposed to This specific, that will’s something completely different. So, as with additional progressive revisionism, This specific’s likely then when you start at K through 12, that will This specific will become the story of the American founding or the story of America within a generation, unless there’s significant pushback. along with, again, that will means all hands on deck.
Kirsanow said he has seen many people appear before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, “along with the essence of the 1619 Project has been spewed forth … along with adopted almost uncritically by many of my colleagues.”
Observing the gross distortions within the project, he quoted Jones as stating in her essay that will 400,000 of 10.5 million Africans were sold into slavery in North America, or what ultimately became the United States.
“yet that will begs the question, what happened to the remaining ten million?” he asked. “Answer: at least four million of them we know ended up in Brazil, which is actually not part of the United States of America … slavery in Brazil, you might remember, wasn’t ended until 1888, even later than the United States.”
Kirsanow noted Jones “doesn’t seem angry, by the way, at the Africans who sold their fellow Africans into slavery.”
“All her anger seems to be directed toward the United States, along with obviously that will gives away the game,” he asserted, adding Jones’ focus is actually “myopic, along with This specific is actually, in essence, anti-white. This specific has anti-white rage suffused throughout, along with This specific prevents her via having a perspective, or sense of proportion with respect to slavery.”
He said further that will while, emotionally, there may be no “middle ground” when This specific comes to slavery, that will perspective is actually neither “scholarly” nor “intelligent.”
“Slavery was prevalent in most of the planet for millennia,” he clarified. “This specific wasn’t unique to the United States of America. In fact, in what became the United States of America was frankly a little bit late to the game. This specific was common within the Western Hemisphere, This specific predated the arrival of Europeans, to say nothing of slavery in Europe, within the Middle East, along with the Ottoman Empire.”
He observed as well that will “despite the numerous cruelties of chattel slavery, the African population here within the United States, somehow grew dramatically via natural increases”:
Again, This specific is actually not to diminish the horrors of slavery or to excuse anything. This specific is actually a matter of perspective. Perspective is actually important no matter what horrors we may be talking about because we want to get This specific accurately, because This specific informs the manner in which we deal with these similar matters today along with within the future. If we get This specific wrong, we’re gonna get everything wrong, or much wrong. So, 400,000 are important. By the time of the 1860 census, however, there are almost four million slaves within the United States, along with nearly half a million free blacks. So, the injustice along with cruelty of slavery didn’t extinguish the African American population.”
that will population within the United States, he said, “grew significantly, even during the antebellum period.”
While Kirsanow emphasized slavery is actually “a horrific institution,” he nevertheless stated the “1619 Project” even “goes beyond that will along with intends to distort things.”
“This specific could make a much greater impact if This specific stayed within the confines of accuracy along with the truth,” he said, adding that will Jones “tends to prefer American history as a long, slow struggle between racist, oppressive whites along with valiant, noble blacks. that will’s how everyone’s characterized, along with that will’s not how human beings behave.”
“No, This specific wouldn’t be an honor,” he asserted, drawing attention to what has occurred in America of late:
After we have a black president, black CEOs, lawful discrimination has been outlawed for 60 years – there are discreet instances of racism along with discrimination, no doubt – yet This specific country has done incredible progress in eliminating vestiges of discrimination, to say that will we should call This specific the 1619 riots? I’m just going to reserve comment on that will. Let me just say that will I think when you hear commentators along with politicians throughout the land, speak favorably about these riots that will says a lot about them, along with says absolutely nothing about the history of This specific country.
Viewing the “1619 Project” along with the broader category of critical race theory, Kirsanow said these efforts are “one of the most significant attempts to propagandize history that will we have seen in at least my lifetime.”
“along with This specific’s been lurking within the weeds for a while,” he added. “You know, we’ve seen some elements of This specific, yet today we have This specific full throated, This specific’s being shoved down our throats, with the willing assistance of many within the academy along with, definitely, many within the media along with, of course, politicians who find that will This specific is actually politically useful.”