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Re: The 1619 Project
« Reply #60 on: October 19, 2020, 06:32:59 pm »
Monday, 19th October 2o2o
Virginia Board of Education Adds ‘African American History’ on 1619 and Lynchings to Curriculum
by Corinne Murdock

The Virginia Board of Education announced the implementation of new curriculum pertaining to African American studies.

The board’s decision reportedly follows recommendations from the Commission on African American History Education in the Commonwealth. Governor Ralph Northam created this commission last fall.

“Incorporating additional context about African American history into the larger historical narrative has never been more important,” stated Board of Education President Daniel Gecker.

“The approval of these edits to the standards and curriculum framework begins Virginia’s effort to change the course of history and social science instruction to ensure inclusive and culturally relevant content in all grades and courses.”

According to the press release, fourth grade students will now learn about Old Point Comfort when studying state history.

This addition “provides more specificity to the standard about the arrival in 1619 of the first African Americans in British North America.”

Old Point Comfort in 1619 marks the arrival of the first documented African American enslaved in the colonies.

“Most importantly, these edits acknowledge and amplify the resistance, resilience, innovation and sacrifices of African Americans and their continued contributions to American society,” added Gecker.

In an interview with The Virginia Star Director of Media Relations Charles Pyle clarified that this wasn’t related to the national focus on the 1619 Project, but rather based on recommendations from Northam’s new commission.

“What you have with the board’s action yesterday is the inclusion in our standards of content recommended by the Virginia educators, historians of the state, representatives of institutions such as museums around the Commonwealth.”

Additionally, high schoolers will learn about lynchings that occurred in the state and the nation.

Virginia’s schools operate under “Standards of Learning,” which is the curriculum framework establishing the learning expectations for students.

It also provides the skills acquisitions for each subject.

The framework is considered the most essential content for meeting state standards.

These changes are minor; another process for instituting bigger changes begins in 2021.

Pyle explained to The Star that state law requires the board to review and revise the Standards of Learning every seven years.

Since the last revisions took place in 2015, the board will begin the process for 2022’s new revisions next year.

In an interview with The Star, Republican state congressional candidate Leon Benjamin said that the board should consider what approach they’re taking in emphasizing these aspects of history.

“They need to tell the whole truth of what happened. They don’t need to make it political – I think people are intelligent enough to decipher what’s important. To play on a person’s pain or their oppression – that’s not okay. Let’s not make it seem like we’re back in the days of slavery. There’s too many accomplishments in our history to imply we haven’t progressed.”

According to the press release, further revisions will impact courses covering Virginia Studies, U.S. History to 1865, U.S. History 1865 to Present, and Virginia and U.S. History.

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Re: The 1619 Project
« Reply #61 on: July 19, 2021, 08:21:44 pm »
Monday, 19th July  Twenty One
40 Black History Sites in America Receive $3 million in Preservation Grant Money
by J.L. Cook

Forty sites and organizations with deeply-rooted ties to Black history will receive more than $3 million in grants from the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, ensuring that they’ll be preserved for years to come.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which maintains the action fund, announced the recipients of the grants on Thursday.

Brent Leggs, the action fund’s executive director, said this to CNN about the importance of the work the initiative does each year.

The year’s list of recipients includes the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ, which was the site of Emmett Till’s funeral; Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, which is home to the port where the first ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived to North America in 1619; and a project developed by the North Carolina African-American Heritage Commission to create a digital mapping program for Negro Motorist Green Book sites throughout the country.

Since its inception in 2017, the action fund has raised $45 million and supported more than 150 preservation projects in the United States.

Its mission is to “protect places that have been overlooked in American history and represent centuries of African-American activism, achievement and resilience.”

According to CNN, the National Trust for Historic Preservation initially launched the fund after white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia claiming they were there to save a statue of confederate Gen. robert e. lee.

We all know what ultimately happened there.

Fast-forward to now.

Not only is it notable that the action fund is still going strong and keeping Black history alive, but just last weekend, the very statue of a treasonous man and his horse that sparked the deadly events that inspired the establishment of the fund was dismantled and taken out of the public view. ♞

Don’t you love it when things come full-circle?

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Re: The 1619 Project
« Reply #62 on: December 30, 2021, 01:23:29 pm »
Thursday, 30th December ~Two Thousand & Twenty One
Nikole Hannah-Jones, The 1619 Project, and the uncertain future of American History
by Ice Blerd Ben

To many African-Americans, the kind of racist flex being unleashed against the Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times journalist, and creator of The 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, is by no means our first rodeo.

Hannah-Jones’s numerous detractors, including notable historians and scholars, fellow journalists, news outlets, and a radicalized army of social media trolls and bots armed with keyboards and disinformation (many of whom, I suspect, have not even read The 1619 Project) have taken a well-worn page out of a centuries-old, white supremacist playbook in an attempt to put an “uppity Black woman” in her place.

Because make no mistake ladies and gentlemen, we are at WAR!

A not-so-civil war of rampant hyperbole, reckless conjecture that leads to ill-formed opinions, where well-documented facts and rigorous scholarship are routinely sacrificed on the altar of creative truth-telling.

The poison pens of dissent have been deployed on search and destroy missions in order to take down The New York Times Magazine’s bold and urgent project since its publication in August of 2019.

With itchy trigger fingers, they aim their fact-checking crosshairs not so much at the alleged historical inaccuracies of the project’s content, but at a brave Black woman who had the courage to spearhead a project using a powerful multimedia platform to openly and unapologetically challenge the crumbling, whitewashed narrative of American exceptionalism.

But thinly veiled racism is par for the course in a post-individual-1 America given the enormous threat that Nikole Hannah-Jones poses as an educated, highly intelligent Black woman, who has managed to rip one of many band-aids off of America’s gaping, racially inflicted, festering wounds and applied a balm of extensively researched academic truth in the hopes of changing how history is taught in this country amidst a growing racial divide.

Still, complete wastes of oxygen like George Will has recently condemned The 1619 Project as “malicious” and “historically illiterate.”

It is this type of white elitist gatekeeping and vitriolic jargon that not only attempts to discredit Nikole Hannah-Jones, a multiple award-winning fellow journalist but is also meant to disqualify her as a Black woman who should know better than to question the sacred cow of Amerikkka’s founding history, which, as I said before, is nothing new.

Thomas Jefferson used a similar racist gatekeeping tactic in his oft-quoted rebuke of the poet Phillis Wheatley — the “first African-American author of a published book of poetry” — as follows:

“Among the blacks is misery enough, God knows, but no poetry. Love is the peculiar œstrum of the poet. Their love is ardent, but it kindles the senses only, not the imagination. Religion indeed has produced a Phyllis Whately [sic]; but it could not produce a poet. The compositions published under her name are below the dignity of criticism.”

I firmly believe that Thomas Jefferson was speaking as a privileged white man who was heavily invested in peddling the illusion of Black inferiority and not just because he was profiting greatly from it — via the brutally violent and often deadly institution of chattel slavery.

But Jefferson’s anti-Black racist shade was typical of white slavers who desperately needed to uphold the myth of their self-proclaimed superiority for fear that the enslaved would not only see themselves as their equals but that they would be inspired to collectively seek retribution against their enslavers, which they often did regardless.

And that same fear — the fear of the truth, of replacement, of taking over, of revenge — remains just as potent today in America as it did back then.

Banning Critical Race Theory or removing certain books from public school curriculums across this nation will only serve to amplify the marginalized voices of the poets, the journalists, the writers, the historians, etc…who continue to pull back the curtain on a country that has squandered every opportunity to atone for its ongoing racist legacy.

In all honesty, Black women have essentially (and literally) birthed this nation into existence with their blood, sweat, and tears giving life to a vast, captive labor force without which there would be no America.

So centering chattel slavery as the main driver of generational wealth and economic dominance the world over, leading to opportunities including but not limited to expansion across Indigenous territories and military growth is a far more accurate version of American history than the one I was taught in public school.

The one I was taught (more or less) was a highly sanitized, soft-serve trivialization of slavery — a nothing-to-see-here, historical fender-bender offering travel and unpaid internships to Africans in an ambitious start-up that white men would ultimately take all the credit for, creating such a successful business model which would become the envy of the international community.

And I may have exaggerated a little to make a point.

Fortunately, Nikole Hannah-Jones and many others keep gathering the breadcrumbs left by our ancestors and converting them into important works so that we may be able to arm ourselves with knowledge, to have difficult conversations, to learn the uncomfortable truths, because the future of America’s history is at stake.

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