1619 project

Chinese State Media Promotes the Far Left ‘1619 Project’


Chinese state-run media outlet China Global Television Network is promoting the far-left, revisionist history initiative known as the “1619 Project,” affirming the group’s narratives such as how 1619 “should actually be seen as America’s year of birth.”

Appearing in China Global Television Network (CGTN), an outlet which serves as a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party, the op-ed “Barr & Trump Try To Rewrite Slave History But Fail In Reality” also contains several digs at President Trump and U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr.

The nearly 800-word piece hypes the findings of the 1619 Project, a New York Times affiliated initiative aimed at infusing American history taught in classrooms with social justice narratives. It’s central thesis is that America’s birth year is 1619, the year slaves first arrived, as opposed to the conventionally accepted year of 1776.

CGTN agrees with the project’s findings, insisting 1619 “should actually be seen as America’s year of birth”:

“The project marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first slaves in the Virginia colony in 1619, which should actually be seen as America’s year of birth.”

The outlet also criticizes President Trump’s efforts to remedy the influence the 1619 Project has amassed throughout American classroom by launching a Patriotic Education Commission:

“Speaking on the campaign trail in Wisconsin at the U.S. National Archives, the U.S. president said his administration would instead launch “a new pro-American lesson plan for students” called the “1776 Commission.” This is supposed to counter the 1619 narrative, 1776 being the year of America’s Declaration of Independence. Unfortunately for Trump, no amount of denial or deception can erase the contribution of African-Americans in the country. To his credit, however, his negation of the facts on this matter follows his trend of denying almost everything that does not suit his interests or ideology.”
CGTN also likens President Trump’s initiative to “whitewashing” and “mockery”:
“Admittedly, slavery was not exclusive to the States. But an attempt to rewrite history by whitewashing its brutality and other social and economic consequences is an injustice to the societies who still bear deep and indelible scars of this trade. Instead of engaging in mockery, Trump should really have tried to build bridges of understanding in his proposed “Patriotic Education” Commission.”

The article is replete with personal attacks on Attorney General Barr and President Trump, insisting the two are “kindred souls” on the subject of “poorly calculated, shocking, and totally insensitive remarks.”

The article confirms Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s criticism of the project as a “Marxist” initiative favored by the Chinese Communist Party: “They want you to believe Marxist ideology that America is only the oppressors and the oppressed. The Chinese Communist Party must be gleeful when they see the New York Times spout this ideology.”

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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