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    for New York Times: 'Reframe' American history, and target Trump, too
    by Byron York
    | August 17, 2019 07:18 PM

    “Perhaps when you think of the founding of the United States, you think of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers. Now, the New York Times wants to "reframe" your understanding of the nation's founding.

    In the Times' view (which it hopes to make the view of millions of Americans), the country was actually founded in 1619, when the first Africans were brought to North America, to Virginia, to be sold as slaves.

    This year marks the 400th anniversary of that event, and the Times has created something called the 1619 Project. This is what the paper hopes the project will accomplish: "It aims to reframe the country's history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are."

    Another, more concise statement from the Times: "The goal of The 1619 Project is to reframe American history."

    The basic thrust of the 1619 Project is that everything in American history is explained by slavery and race. The message is woven throughout the first publication of the project, an entire edition of the Times magazine. It begins with an overview of race in America — "Our democracy's founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true." — written by Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, who on Twitter uses the identity Ida Bae Wells, from the crusading late 19th-early 20th century African American journalist Ida B. Wells.

    The essays go on to cover the economy ("If you want to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation."), the food we eat ("The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the 'white gold' that fueled slavery."), the nation's physical health ("Why doesn't the United States have universal healthcare? The answer begins with policies enacted after the Civil War."), politics ("America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others."), daily life ("What does a traffic jam in Atlanta have to do with segregation? Quite a lot."), and much more.

    The Times promises more 1619 Project stories in the future, not just in the paper's news sections, but in the business, sports, travel, and other sections. The Times' popular podcast, The Daily, will also devote time to it.

    But a project with the aim of reframing U.S. history has to be more than a bunch of articles and podcasts. A major goal of the 1619 Project is to take the reframing message to schools. The Times has joined an organization called the Pulitzer Center (which, it should be noted, is not the organization that hands out the Pulitzer Prize) to create a 1619 Project curriculum. "Here you will find reading guides, activities, and other resources to bring The 1619 Project into your classroom," the center says in a message to teachers.

    The paper also wants to reach into schools itself. "We will be sending some of our writers on multi-city tours to talk to students," Hannah-Jones said recently, "and we will be sending copies of the magazine to high schools and colleges. Because to us, this project really takes wing when young people are able to read this and understand the way that slavery has shaped their country's history."

    The project rollout just happened to come at the same time as the leak of a transcript of a Times employee town hall in which the paper's executive editor, Dean Baquet, discussed his "vision" of making race the central theme of Times coverage for the remaining two years of President Trump's term in office.

    Baquet spoke frankly about the paper's approach to Trump. For two years, he explained, the Times made a very, very big deal of the Trump-Russia affair. "We built our newsroom to cover one story," Baquet said. But then came the Mueller report, which failed to establish the core allegation against the president: that he and his campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to fix the 2016 election.

    "Now we have to regroup," Baquet told the staff, "and shift resources and emphasis to take on a different story."

    That different story is race — and Trump. "We've got to change," Baquet said. "I mean, the vision for coverage for the next two years is what I talked about earlier: How do we cover a guy who makes these kinds of remarks? How do we cover the world's reaction to him? How do we do that while continuing to cover his policies? How do we cover America, that's become so divided by Donald Trump?"

    Some on the staff appeared both anguished by the president ("it's a very scary time") and more than ready to make race a key feature of Times coverage.


    "I'm wondering to what extent you think that the fact of racism and white supremacy being sort of the foundation of this country should play into our reporting?" one staffer asked Baquet. "Just because it feels to me like it should be a starting point, you know? Like these conversations about what is racist, what isn't racist, I just feel like racism is in everything. It should be considered in our science reporting, in our culture reporting, in our national reporting."

    The staffer's point brought Baquet back to the paper's new initiative. "One reason we all signed off on The 1619 Project and made it so ambitious and expansive was to teach our readers to think a little bit more like that," Baquet said. "Race in the next year ... is going to be a huge part of the American story. And I mean, race in terms of not only African Americans and their relationship with Donald Trump, but Latinos and immigration."

    So the Times has two big plans. One would be big enough: to focus on the universe of racism accusations that increasingly surround the president at a time when he just happens to be running for reelection. But the other is even bigger: to "reframe" American history in accordance with the values of Times editors. It's an extraordinarily ambitious undertaking for people in what used to be known more simply as the news business.”

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    Long overdue, don't you ageee?
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    Why quote from that instead of the NY Times actual article?

    OH, all that propaganda! Of course.

    LMAO
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    About time! It needs to be general knowledge that the man who wrote 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . " kept his own children as slaves. This does not reduce the truth and power of those words in the slightest, but it's a very important part of historical reality. Everybody needs to understand that half the country at its founding was ruled by an oligarchy whose wealth was entirely based on slave labor. Everybody needs to know about the end of Reconstitution in 1877 and how freed slaves were deliberately restored to as close to their former condition as possible for the next 90 years (entirely absent from the textbooks I grew up with). This is not the entire history of the US by any means, but it's a central part of it. No more whitewashing. The truth will set you free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John of Phoenix View Post
    Why quote from that instead of the NY Times actual article?

    OH, all that propaganda! Of course.

    LMAO
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...a-slavery.html

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    A little musical accompaniment.

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    One good song deserves another.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    About time! It needs to be general knowledge that the man who wrote 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . " kept his own children as slaves. This does not reduce the truth and power of those words in the slightest, but it's a very important part of historical reality. Everybody needs to understand that half the country at its founding was ruled by an oligarchy whose wealth was entirely based on slave labor. Everybody needs to know about the end of Reconstitution in 1877 and how freed slaves were deliberately resorted to as close to their former condition as possible for the next 90 years (entirely absent from the textbooks I grew up with). This is not the entire history of the US by any means, but it's a central part of it. No more whitewashing. The truth will set you free.
    I hope the NYTimes depiction of history is more accurate than yours, but judging by its antics on the subject of Russia collusion, it’s not likely. Their own revelation that attacking Trump and his supporters is the primary motivation of the paper, should serve to diminish its credibility in the eyes of serious inquisitors.
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    The snowflake weeping is deafening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdh View Post
    I hope the NYTimes depiction of history is more accurate than yours, but judging by its antics on the subject of Russia collusion, it’s not likely. Their own revelation that attacking Trump and his supporters is the primary motivation of the paper, should serve to diminish its credibility in the eyes of serious inquisitors.
    serious?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdh View Post
    I hope the NYTimes depiction of history is more accurate than yours . . .
    Excuse me? What did I write that was factually incorrect? Please be specific. Mr Jefferson did indeed write those words. He also kept his own children by Sally Hemings as slaves, only freeing them in his will after his death. Much of American south of the late 18th and early 19th century was indeed an oligarchy, and most of its wealth was generated using slave labor. My description of the shameful events ending Reconstruction are as close to accurate as I can make them. It's certainly incomplete, as is any description of history that doesn't fill a library, but I challenge you to show one single fact I got wrong. Put up or shut up.

    Poor, poor, persecuted Mr Trump. Oh, why is evr'body allus' pickin' on meeeeee . . . . But the 1619 project treats a subject far larger than one president, no matter how narcissistic.
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    Troll feeding time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    Troll feeding time?
    Ah, good point. The old line about mud-wrestling with the pig . . .
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    Hey! Trolls have feelings yaknow!

    While I think Keith's description is quite accurate - isn't it "reconstruction" not "reconstitution"? Or maybe you're talking about freeze-dried history?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    . . isn't it "reconstruction" not "reconstitution"?
    Damned auto-correct. Sorry; fixed it.
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    I thought maybe it was a midwest thing... No apology needed!
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