In addition to being an obvious effort to sow racial discord in America, the 1619 Project is based upon false, shoddy, and uninformed “scholarship.”
Let’s take a deeper dive than I did yesterday into the evil of Project 1619. Let’s take a look at the work of two academics who figure prominently in it, Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond and Cornell historian Edward Baptist. Are they pushing scholarship or race hustling?
I have been lambasted in the comments to the post linked above for pointing out that the 1619 Project is a revision of history designed to sow racial hatred and division for unrelated political ends — and opining that it is mother of all tosses of the race card. To paraphrase the comments, “No, no, this is just a fair look at history. It is benign. There is no ulterior motive here.” Yeah . . . bull.
Neo-Marxist progressives are in a full court press to destroy the foundations of this nation by tying the Constitution, the application of our laws, and our economic system to racism. The problem is, there is precious little overt modern day racism in this country — and indeed, apparently most of what accounts for actual racial incidents today on the fringes of society are more likely than not to be hoaxes.
What is a good proggie to do? Well, claim everything is inherently racist or, to use the words of the NYT in announcing the 1619 Project, all that the neo-Marxists progressives oppose is the “legacy of slavery [that] continues to shape our country.”
There is nothing fair or benign about any of this. To falsely stir up racial tensions in this country, the cause of so much pain, suffering and loss of life, is pure evil. Let’s drill down on just one example, the 1619 Project’s neo-Marxist assault on capitalism and the modern wealth of this nation. Matthew Desmond, an ivy-league professor of Sociology, as part of the NYT Project 1619, authored an essay entitled In Order to Understand the brutality of American Capitalism, You Have to Start On The Plantation. Heavily anecdotal, it is much more of an appeal to emotion than reason.
Desmond begins his introduction to the “brutality of American capitalism” by giving the example of Martin Shkreli: [Read more…]