The NYT and Nikole Hannah-Jones abandon key claims of the 1619 Project

The NYT and Nikole Hannah-Jones abandon key claims of the 1619 Project
Nikole Hannah-Jones, 1619 author. (Image: Wikipedia)

[Ed. – Shouldn’t Hannah-Jones be asked to return her Pulitzer Prize?]

The New York Times, without announcement or explanation, has abandoned the central claim of the 1619 Project: that 1619, the year the first slaves were brought to Colonial Virginia — and not 1776 — was the “true founding” of the United States.

The initial introduction to the Project, when it was rolled out in August 2019, stated. …

The 1619 Project is a major initiative from the New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery … at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.

The revised text now reads:

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe. …

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