The Root: We Found the Textbooks of Senators Who Oppose The 1619 Project and Suddenly Everything Makes Sense
In case you haven't heard of it, here's a description of the 1619 Project
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 the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
Republicans hate it, of course.
The piece at the Root highlights a number of prominent Republicans who have criticized the 1619 Project, and digs up the history books they studied in grade school and high school.
It's an edifying conceit. Obviously shitty high school textbooks aren't the reason Mitch McConnell and John Kennedy are ignorant racists, but it's worth remembering how white supremacists have sustained their narrative through the generations by teaching it in school.
I was just talking the other day about my not-very-good American History teacher
I had a friend in that class who hated him -- hated
him. She went on to get a history degree. She mentioned to me once that part of her decision in choosing her major was thinking about guys like him and how bad our education in history is in this country. I told her "You should get ahold of him and tell him that he's the reason you got a history degree. He'll think it's a compliment."