New York Times Editor Issues Response to Historians Critical of the 1619 Project

New York Times Magazine Editor-in-Chief Jake Silverstein stood behind the publication’s 1619 Project, rejecting historians’ assertion that the storytelling warrants corrections.

The project, which chronicles the history of anti-Black policies―written and unwritten―in the United States since enslaved Africans were first brought to serve English colonists in 1619, has received both praise and criticism since launching in August.

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One thought on “New York Times Editor Issues Response to Historians Critical of the 1619 Project

  • December 26, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    “While our democratic system has certainly led to many progressive advances for the rights of minority groups over the past two centuries, these advances, as Hannah-Jones argues in her essay, have almost always come as a result of political and social struggles in which African-Americans have generally taken the lead, not as a working-out of the immanent logic of the Constitution.”

    So Brown v Board resulted from some “political and social struggles in which African-Americans have generally taken the lead” without any “immanent logic of the Constitution?”

    The Supreme Court’s operations and authority are not part of the “immanent logic of the Constitution?” Only the “political and social struggles in which African-Americans have generally taken the lead” are to be credited for whatever was the outcome of the case, even though those struggles specifically leveraged the democratic institutions established in the Constitution?

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not result from “immanent logic of the Constitution?”

    And that 14th Amendment? Somehow that’s not part of the “immanent logic of the Constitution?”

    Exactly what is this “immanent logic” to which NYT hacks and propagandists refer if not the orderly operation of law in which aggrieved citizens can petition for redress of grievances?

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