The 1619 Project is an epic thesis by The New York Times to pretty much flip American history on its head.
One of the things I have repeatedly seen in reference to the 1619 project, and previously as justification for reparations is perfectly encapsulated in this Tweet:
Today is the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans reaching Virginia’s shore. The story of those who built the American economy, creating wealth for all but themselves, is not just African-American history: it is American history. #1619Projecthttps://t.co/LJryeknEt5
— Michael Bennet (@MichaelBennet) August 20, 2019
It’s this part right here: “The story of those who built the American economy, creating wealth for all but themselves.”
I’ve have seen it said other ways like “America was built on their backs” or something similar.
This really gores my ox.
There is a lot we can talk about when it comes to the historical mistreatment of Black Americans. There are things we can do to help Black America now.
But looking at historical data, Blacks made up about 19% of the population in the 1700s, dropping to 15% by the mid 1800s, and staying at about 12-13% of the population for the last half-century.
The decrease in Black percentage of the population in the mid 1800s corresponds to the first huge wave of Irish immigrants, and the increase in the US population thought waves of European immigrants through the early 1900s.
I’m sorry, but the idea that the American economy was built by only 15-20% of the population is both ridiculously inaccurate and offensive to every immigrant who came here to build a better life for themselves.
My great-grandfather was an ironworker in New York City. My dad took me to NYC one time and took me on a tour of the skyscrapers, pointing out the ones his grandfather worked on to build the skyline of the city. It was the tour his grandfather took him on when he was a boy.
I can’t imagine anything more racially divisive than pushing the idea that slavery built America and the only work done by white people was to lift a hand to crack a whip.
Then again, racial divisiveness seems to be the sole purpose of The New York Times and Democrat party.