The #1619Project published online today and it is my profound hope that we will reframe for our readers the way we understand our nation, the legacy of slavery, and most importantly, the unparalleled role black people have played in this democracy.
Read the essay that opens the #1619Project. Read it first, before the other entries. It both testifies to the true patriot love of black people in these United States and it establishes the palette for the intellectual consumption to come.
Seen some cons cast the 1619 Project as anti-American. But this piece is on fire with love of country; the searing, unrequited love that our nation's most faithful patriots harbor for the American ideals that have so often spurned them.
More than 20 enslaved Africans were brought to Virginia 400 years ago this month. This was the moment America began, writes Nikole Hannah-Jones. “Black Americans have also been, and continue to be, foundational to the idea of American freedom.”
Writing this love song to my people ended up being the most patriotic thing I have ever produced. Only if you don't consider black people fully American, as "We the People" who worked to make our founding ideals a reality, could you see it any other way.
As Thomas Jefferson was drafting the Declaration of Independence, he was being attended to by an enslaved teenage boy. His wife’s half-brother.
“I am part of the first generation of black Americans in the history of the U.S. to be born into a society in which black people had full rights of citizenship. Black people suffered under slavery for 250 years; we have been legally “free” for just 50.”
"I thought I understood so much, when in fact I understood so little. My father knew exactly what he was doing when he raised that flag. He knew that our people’s contributions to building the richest and most powerful nation in the world were indelible"
Honestly, the resistance to the inaugural #1619Project essay I've seen seems profoundly overblown. She may make 1-2 controversial and overstated claims, but the gist is completely right. I'd encourage every center-right person to read it.
Two parts of the impressive new 1619 project that look like worthwhile reads: "America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One" by "The Undemocratic Impulses of American Democracy" by
One of the best pieces on race and history I’ve EVER read. via
The intro essay to the 1619 project is an extraordinary tribute to the people who have tried to realize the initially empty promises of American democracy, and I recommend that people actually read it and the other contributions before forming an opinion.
That's one of the more obviously ahistorical claims in this piece, if you know anything at all about the history of British or American abolitionism or the origins of the American revolution.
If you think this delegitimizes America, then you’ve been feeding yourself a fantasy of what America is and has done. This is us. If you can’t face it or are scared by the ramifications then you’re living in a fantasy world. That’s not love, it’s delusion.
“Black people have seen the worst of America, yet, somehow, we still believe in its best.” anchor essay for the 1619 project is grounded in the historical record, rigorously argued, and so stirring it’s an anthem. Chills every time I read it
"Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true."
A quiet fury builds in this powerful essay by . Every American should read it.
Thank you for keeping this topic in the forefront and identifying how cleaning up the past is the only way forward. America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One
Strangely enough, the lead essay in the 1619 Project argues quite the opposite. No, the Constitution is not illegitimate. But African Americans are the ones who struggled to make Constitutional representative democracy a meaningful American reality.
incredibly powerful, a synthesis of the broad landscape > America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One
“United States is a nation founded on both an ideal and a lie.” This sentence — so much truth in so few words.
“Our founding ideals of liberty and equality were false when they were written. Black Americans fought to make them true. Without this struggle, America would have no democracy at all.”
1. You may know about the Times’ 1619 Project, a major endeavor published last weekend to reframe the citizenry’s understanding of the role of slavery in the founding of America.
Absolutely stunning, searing read- “America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One” - The New York Times
assign this in every classroom.
Epic essay “We may never have revolted against Britain if the founders had not understood that slavery empowered them to do so; nor if they had not believed that independence was required in order to ensure that slavery would continue.”
This essay is profoundly heartbreaking and beautiful and worth every minute: “America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One” - The New York Times
Beautiful, powerful essay—"It would be historically inaccurate to reduce the contributions of black people to the vast material wealth created by our bondage. Black Americans have also been & continue to be foundational to the idea of freedom
I’m convinced the only way past our deep divisions in America is to relearn our history. Please read #1619Project
You are a transformative leader . Proud to know you and call you a friend. Onward! #1619Project
Powerful. Important. About time: “Without the idealistic, strenuous and patriotic efforts of black Americans, our democracy today would most likely look very different — it might not be a democracy at all.“ via ⁦
The recent 1619 Project from the features the work of 1998 graduate . Read her piece here.
"We were told once, by virtue of our bondage, that we could never be American. But it was by virtue of our bondage that we became the most American of all."–#MacFellow
"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"
Holy shit this piece is INCREDIBLE. It should be required reading at every US high school.
Nikoke Hannah-Jones' piece for the #1619Project is what I try to say in my last lecture of my class on the Atlantic Slave Trade.
Finally digging into the #1619Project and I want to share every word of this essay by . But I’ll just start with this: “we may never have revolted against Britain if the founders had not understood that slavery empowered them to do.”
Amazing history lesson "The US is a nation founded on both an ideal & a lie. Declaration proclaims that “all men are created equal.” But the white men who drafted those words did not believe them to be true for black people..."
That's not true. The founders listed their complaints & an earlier draft included the slave trade, but not the final version. The Dec. of Ind. listed some nasty reasons for secession, but slavery wasn't one of them.
"[W]e may never have revolted against Britain if the founders had not understood that slavery empowered them to do so; nor if they had not believed that independence was required in order to ensure that slavery would continue." -
Black Americans have long been our anti-fascist army; extraordinary piece by ⁦
“Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.”
A compelling and beautifully written piece. Well worth the read. via ⁦
The 1619 Project - observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery - is such an incredible initiative. Bravo , whose idea it was, and all involved. Keep this link and take the time to read all.
“Black people have seen the worst of America, yet, somehow, we still believe in its best.” - A must read article.
"For generations, we have believed in this country with a faith it did not deserve. Black people have seen the worst of America, yet, somehow, we still believe in its best." Whew. As others have noted, the #1619Project is a must read series.
The is out with its much-anticipated project on the impact of slavery on America
“As much democracy as this nation has today, it has been borne on the backs of black resistance. Our founding fathers may not have actually believed in the ideals they espoused, but black people did.” 🔥🔥🔥 from #1619Project ⁦
At the same time, so much vital and true in 's intro essay. American black patriotism. The Isaac Woodard case. “This is our home, and this our country. Beneath its sod lie the bones of our fathers. ... Here we were born, and here we will die.”
America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One
As I prepare to teach #EngagedScholarship I not only consider #TransformationalSolidarity but historical scholarship that refines normative foundations. #1619project of offers just that
Beautiful essay on a reality all Americans need to grasp. via
I found this piece on the #1619Project very moving; excellent long read writing on the African American arc of history and it’s role in American history.
Lincoln “believed that free black people were a ‘troublesome presence’ incompatible with a democracy intended only for white people.”
What an incredible read. If you read one thing today, maybe it is this? Every immigrant in America, indeed every American, owes the black movement over the last two centuries a debt that may be impossible to repay. via ⁦
America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One - The New York Times #1619project
“Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.” A fantastic essay by ⁦⁩ in the new NYT Magazine on the legacy of 1619.
So sad to see the Failing continue its total collapse w/ not one but two editorial members on its payroll who are open racists, but that should not diminish the great work people like do with this outstanding piece
This essay is really really good
“It is not incidental that 10 of this nation’s first 12 presidents were enslavers, and some might argue that this nation was founded not as a democracy but as a slavocracy.”
America wasn’t a democracy until black Americans made it one
It's ironic that those who are the most critical of a Eurocentric view of history adopt such a historically narrow and Eurocentric view of slavery. "America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One"
America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One
This is one of the most powerful essays I've ever read. It is exquisitely, painfully, well-written on the history of race in America
America Wasn't a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One - The New York Times via thanks
America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One
Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true. via #HistSAHE
Not a novel sentiment, but damn, the #1619Project is important reading. “America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One” The New York Times
“My father knew exactly what he was doing when he raised that flag. He knew that our people’s contributions to building the richest and most powerful nation in the world were indelible, that the U.S. simply would not exist without us.” ⁦
America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One