On Constitution Day, President Donald Trump announced a new education curriculum development grant geared toward “a pro-American curriculum that celebrates the truth about our nation’s great history.”
At the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Trump blasted critical race theory, the New York Times’ ‘1619 Project’ and Marxist “toxic propaganda” that has weaseled its way into many American classrooms. He said that his goal was to “clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country.”
Critical race theory is the Marxist theory that perpetuates the leftist myths about race, such as that the American legal system and its laws are “inherently racist,” as the Encyclopedia Britannica defined it. The theory claims that race is a social construct, which white Americans use in order to succeed in life while non-white people suffer and regress.
In his remarks, the president criticized the anti-American, left-wing, and radical rioters who have “torn down statues of our founders, desecrated our memorials, and carried out a campaign of violence and anarchy.” Trump said, “The left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools.” He added, “It’s gone on far too long. Our children are instructed from propaganda tracts, like those of Howard Zinn, that try to make students ashamed of their own history.”
The president pointed to an example of The New York Times’ anti-American messaging, which stated that “The Left has warped, distorted, and defiled the American story with deceptions, falsehoods, and lies.” He said, “There is no better example than the New York Times’ totally discredited 1619 Project. This project rewrites American history to teach our children that we were founded on the principle of oppression, not freedom.”
The New York Times’ 1619 Project is a left-wing education curriculum designed to indoctrinate American classrooms with the ideology that America’s founding was based on slavery and racism. Since its launch in August 2019, which was a commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of African slaves to the American colonies, the 1619 Project has expanded to many classrooms across the country. However, much of its ideology and alleged facts were easily debunked soon after its launch.
Despite these revelations, the 1619 Project’s curriculum was not removed from school districts where it was implemented.
Trump announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a grant for the new curriculum to the 1776 Commission, which was done by executive order. The president said that the commission’s curriculum will “encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding.”