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1776 Initiative Counters New York Times’ 1619 Project

The New York Times' reframing of American history through its 1619 Project has been criticized for its inaccuracies by many leading scholars and historians. But the most significant challenge yet to the controversial project, called the 1776 initiative, has recently been launched by a group of predominantly African-American academics, journalists, entrepreneurs, and community activists....

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School choice gets the nod from Billie Eilish

Most know American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish’s name as the teen who won big at the 2020 Grammys. But there is more to Eilish’s background that is worth noting. Last summer, Eilish talked about her schooling background in a video interview with Pitchfork, crediting homeschooling with teaching her all she needed to learn. ...

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Labor union gets called out for #MeToo hypocrisy

Just over two years ago, sexual misconduct accusations rocked Hollywood and fueled the #MeToo movement’s drive against sexual impropriety. But predators aren’t just in Hollywood. The Center for Union Facts is holding the Service Employees International Union and its political allies accountable for sexual harassment allegations against union leaders....

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The Truth Exactly Backward

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2020 Issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota. To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. In August, The New York Times launched the “1619 Project” with great fanfare. The self-proclaimed goal of the project—a series of more than 30 essays and artistic productions— is to “reframe” history, convincing Americans that our nation’s “true founding” occurred not in 1776, but 400 years ago, in 1619, when 20 or so slaves came ashore in the Jamestown colony. The Times maintains that America’s “founding ideals were false when they were written” and...

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Racially Right Mixes of Debaters?

I’ve been thinking about the controversary, in some quarters anyway, over how Andrew Yang, who’s Asian-American, was the only person of color in the Democrats’ presidential debate earlier this month in Los Angeles.  Meaning, no Kamala Harris or Corey Booker, both African American. More broadly, I’ve thought a lot about affirmative action for a long time, writing a dissertation about it 40 years ago.  As opposed to most friends and colleagues on the right over this period, I’ve been more open when it comes to taking race and ethnicity into account in various situations where the allocation of benefits and burdens...

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A Liberal Journalist Experiences Radical Progressivism in the NYC Schools

George Packer is a staff writer for The Atlantic and lives in New York City.  Like most of us, he is the product of public schools and a strong believer in the importance of “common schools” to educate children of all “religious, social, and ethnic backgrounds.”  Therefore he and his wife were very excited when their young son was accepted into a diverse NYC public school in which two-thirds of students performed well on standardized tests. His sober reflections on his 10 year experience with radically progressive educators is published in the current issue of The Atlantic, “When the Culture War...

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Is that person or comment racist, or just tone-deaf?

Let me suggest a different response for when charges erupt.  This op-ed originally appeared in the Star Tribune on September 17, 2019. Are an unknown number of racists slithering through American life and institutions as we speak? Is very real racism hurting very real people? Without question both times. But I don’t use words such as “racist” and “racism” nearly as often as many do for key reasons, starting with how definitions of each term are more plastic than precise. I’m also usually reluctant to question anyone’s motives, whatever the circumstance, as I generally don’t know what they fully are. And topping it all,...

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