Donald Trump announces an executive order called the “1776 Commission” that will pressure schools to teach only “patriotic” history. He claims Democrats let schools teach history with too much emphasis on race and slavery.
In his speech, Trump repeats right-wing propaganda that The 1619 Project and critical race theory are threats to our nation and are poisoning us from within.
The 1619 Project is a New York Times Magazine effort to normalize the real history of slavery, not the fairytale version in which slaves enjoyed life even though it was unfair. 1619 also sheds light on Black people’s contributions to American history.
Critical Race Theory is a legal study on systemic racism — how political, economic, and societal institutions unintentionally harm Black people and their communities. It’s existed for over 30 years. The Trump Administration’s narrative is the exact opposite, painting the theory as an ideology in which all white people are born racist and evil.
Trump and friends also claim that organizations around the country are hosting anti-white, un-American “Critical Race Theory trainings.” The administration is using the Department of Education and the Office of Management and Budget for a McCarthy-like attack on these trainings.
In reality, “Critical Race Theory trainings” don’t appear to exist. The language is propaganda against diversity trainings and racial / cultural sensitivity trainings. These trainings are fairly common and are intended to help organizations recognize ways to better serve employees and customers “who are different in race, color, gender, religion, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation” and other categories protected by the Civil Rights Act.
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