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Republican Reps. Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Jeff Duncan of South Carolina sent a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Tuesday expressing their “deep concern” regarding the “proposed new grant priority for the American History and Civics Education program” that promotes Critical Race Theory.
“Civics and history are two subjects that are vitally important to our children’s intellectual growth and education,” the letter read in part. “Through civic education, students learn the foundational principles of our democracy, about our coequal branches of government, and our unalienable rights under the Constitution. A strong civic education should empower students to be well-informed and active citizens.”
The letter went on to warn against the influence of the 1619 Project and Ibram X. Kendi’s book “How to Be an Antiracist,” the principles of which the congressmen described as “antithetical to the American Dream.” They went on to extol the American Dream for having “drawn millions of individuals to America’s shores and created the most prosperous nation in human history.”
The letter also blasted the 1619 Project as “a racially divisive, revisionist account of history which intends to ‘reframe U.S. history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as our nation’s foundational date.'” It added that the 1619 Project “is in fundamental opposition to our true foundation date in 1776.”
“Critical Race Theory commits to an unremitting attack on Western institutions and norms in order to dismantle all aspects of society,” the letter further says, warning that the teachings of Critical Race Theory ultimately undermine the fundamental rights of the American people.
“Critical Race Theory is antithetical to the fundamental values and beliefs of America and the American dream,” Lamborn said in a statement provided to The Daily Wire. “The 1619 Project is historically inaccurate, racially divisive, and argues that the entire American system is corrupted from top to bottom. Our schools obviously have a crucial role to play in helping make students aware of the negative consequences of slavery and the significant contributions of Black Americans. However, we should never prioritize educational grants for schools that promote attacks on the principles enshrined in our Constitution. I am grateful for the support of Congressman Duncan on this crucial issue.”
As The Daily Wire recently reported on Hannah-Jones’ promotion:
Nikole Hannah-Jones, a journalist for The New York Times who is responsible for the 1619 Project, is joining the faculty of her alma mater at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to teach journalism.
Hannah-Jones, who received a master’s degree from the school in 2003, is assuming its Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism while remaining employed at The New York Times, according to an announcement from UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
“This is a full-circle moment for me as I return to the place that launched my career to help launch the careers of other aspiring journalists,” Hannah-Jones tweeted on Monday. “I’m so excited to continue mentoring students from the classroom and for all I will learn from them.”
This is a full-circle moment for me as I return to the place that launched my career to help launch the careers of other aspiring journalists. I'm so excited to continue mentoring students from the classroom and for all I will learn from them. Oh, and I'll still be at @nytimes. https://t.co/htCpodmTlE
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) April 26, 2021