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Against the 1619 Curriculum

Outside the New York Times building in New York City, August 3, 2020 (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
Choice and local control remain the best defenses

It has been a year since the New York Times kicked off a national controversy by devoting an issue of its Sunday magazine to the 1619 Project, a factually flawed effort to portray all of American history as little more than the product of slavery and racism. Since then, our country has been convulsed by a cultural revolution dedicated to the proposition that America is a systemically racist country. This is no coincidence.

In the wake of the death in May of a black man named George Floyd from what gives every indication of having been mistreatment while in police custody,

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Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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