On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, solely two days earlier than President Donald Trump leaves workplace, the Trump administration launched a report from its “1776 Commission” that excuses slavery, justifies the racist Three-fifths Compromise and rails in opposition to socialism and “identity politics.”
The “1776 Commission” — shaped by Trump in September in direct response to The New York Times’ 1619 Project on America’s deep roots in slavery and racial injustice — launched a report Monday that was meant to offer a “definitive chronicle of the American founding.”
The 45-page report reads in locations like a right-wing manifesto: It makes excuses for slavery and the Three-fifths Compromise that declared slaves counted as lower than full people. It decries socialism and “identity politics,” celebrates the precise to bear arms and calls the anti-abortion motion one of many nation’s “great reforms.”
The report notably defends the nation’s Founding Fathers, who owned slaves, arguing that slavery was not “a uniquely American evil” and urging that “the institution be seen in a much broader perspective.”
The report goes on to justify the Three-fifths Compromise — through which white lawmakers from Northern and Southern states in 1787 agreed to rely Black people as three-fifths of a person for congressional illustration — saying that this was “just that: compromises,” and that, “as a question of practical politics, no durable union could have been formed without a compromise among the states on the issue of slavery.”
Historian and slavery scholar Daina Ramey Berry stated the report “advocates teaching a narrow ‘patriotic’ history” of America and goals to “muzzle those who seek to teach a full and accurate history of America, including journalists of The New York Times’ 1619 Project.”
“From a historian’s vantage point, the report cannot be taken as a solid piece of historical work: It seeks to justify slavery and its damaging aftermath in order to indoctrinate yet another generation of American students,” Ramey Berry, chair of the historical past division on the University of Texas at Austin, instructed HuffPost.
“The last four years, underscored by the last few weeks, have demonstrated how fragile our embrace of truth can be and the consequences of purposeful disinformation,” she added.
The Trump fee’s report says that the present political divisions amongst Americans “call to mind” these “between the Confederate and Union forces in the Civil War” — a battle that was fought over slavery. It goes on to tout the precise to bear arms, saying “an armed people is a people capable of defending their liberty no less than their lives and is the last, desperate check against the worst tyranny.”
Earlier this month, Trump incited an armed mob of his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol, the place lawmakers have been voting to certify the outcomes of the presidential election, which Trump misplaced and but repeatedly lied about it being fraudulent. Per week later, the Democratic-led House of Representatives impeached Trump for inciting an revolt — making him the one president to ever be impeached twice.
Trump’s 1776 Commission report, which incorporates a number of pictures of Martin Luther King Jr., criticizes affirmative motion, calling it “preferential treatment,” and says at this time’s “identity politics” are “the opposite of King’s hope that his children would ‘live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin.’”
Just days earlier, Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., shared a clip of the civil rights icon on Twitter through which King skewers America for releasing Black slaves in 1863, then giving them no land or assets to get began on, all whereas gifting away land to white settlers.
“When white Americans tell the Negro to lift himself by his own bootstraps, they don’t look over the legacy of slavery and segregation,” King says within the clip. “It’s a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”
The Trump fee’s report additionally rails in opposition to socialism as main individuals down a “dangerous path” of wealth redistribution and cites “anti-Communism” and “the Pro-Life Movement” — or anti-abortion motion — as a few of the “great reforms” of the nation’s historical past.
It concludes that universities are “hotbeds of anti-Americanism, libel and censorship,” and warns in opposition to any educating that “shames Americans by highlighting only the sins of their ancestors and teaches claims of systemic racism.” It additionally recommends Okay-12 colleges “reject any curriculum” that demeans “America’s heritage.”
The administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who take workplace on Wednesday — when Harris turns into the primary Black, first Asian American and first feminine vp — will possible do nothing with the report. The incoming administration has repeatedly dedicated to “root out systemic racism.”
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