Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) launched a regulation on Thursday that might prohibit federal funding for faculties that incorporate curriculum from the New York Times‘s “1619 Project.”
The 1619 Project, named after the year when colonists first brought slaves to the U.S., attempts to retell American history by emphasizing the importance of slavery in the country’s earliest years. However, historians have criticized the venture for primary “factual errors” and a ” displacement of historic understanding by ideology.” (One instance of such an error within the venture is the assertion that the colonies revolted from British rule to be able to protect slavery.)
“The New York Times’s 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded,” Cotton stated in an announcement. “Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage.”
According to Cotton, the invoice wouldn’t have an effect on federal funding allotted to low-income or special-needs college students.
The Times has introduced plans to include materials from the venture in public faculty curricula. Districts in a number of main cities together with Chicago, Ill., and Washington, D.C., have adopted a few of these supplies.
Writer Nikole Hannah-Jones received a Pulitzer Prize in April for her lead essay for the venture.