The 1619 Project: The great progressive diversion

By Marcus Ebenhack:

The New York Times has announced the 1619 Project, and its leftist friends are already lapping it up. MSNBC hails it thusly: “How slavery has defined America today.”

That’s right. Slavery can no longer be just a stain on our nation’s past. Leftists are rewriting history to make it our Origin Story. Without slavery, they would have us believe, America today would be just another third-world hellhole. Everything good and decent and remarkable and exceptional about America today is a direct result of slavery. To make this case, they push the founding of America back from 1776 — you know, the Declaration of Independence and all that other “white patriarchy” stuff — to 1619, when the first African slaves arrived on our shores.

I think it could fairly and accurately be said that progressive policy since the 1960s has created a permanent black underclass in America today. We see this dynamic manifest most clearly in the large metropolitan areas that have been governed primarily, if not exclusively, by Democrats for the last half-century or better: Detroit; Chicago; St. Louis; Washington, D.C.; Oakland; and, of course, Baltimore.

Progressive policy condemns poor minority schoolchildren to failure factories every day and has for generations. As progressive politicians tell us “education is the civil rights issue of our age” (and I couldn’t agree with them more!), they’re also fighting tooth and nail to do everything in their power to defeat initiatives that have proven successful everywhere they’ve been tried that could provide at least some of these kids an escape valve from the apocalyptic hellscapes they’ve created, charter schools and voucher programs being the best examples.

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