The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project takes a hard look at the American paradox of freedom and slavery — WGNO

he New York Times Magazine’s new 1619 Project is a special edition that reframes American history around one date: August 1619, when the first slave ship arrived on America’s shores.

“The Fourth of July in 1776 is regarded by most Americans as the country’s birthday,” says an introduction on the Times’ website. “But what if we were to tell you that the country’s true birth date, the moment that its defining contradictions first came into the world, was in late August 1619?” https://wgno.com/2019/08/19/the-new-york-times-magazines-1619-project-takes-a-hard-look-at-the-american-paradox-of-freedom-and-slavery/

3 thoughts on “The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project takes a hard look at the American paradox of freedom and slavery — WGNO

  1. Perfect timing since it is 400 years to the day today. I saw some backlash against this article by Newt Gingrich who claimed it was propaganda, but he’s getting lit up on Twitter. One person even called out his hypocrisy by bringing up his article about the Belgian Congo and how he sympathized with the colonizers despite the Belgians killing over 15 million Congolese when Leopold was in power.

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    1. Exactly why I posted it yesterday, ospreyshire! Fuck Gingrich. Like so many nasty white men who was born before 1955, he’s dying a slow, painful death while losing the small mind he once had.

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      1. I wondered about that and it makes so much sense with the timing of everything. Yeah, Gingrich is losing his marbles. He might as well be defending Hitler if he’s sympathizing with Leopold and company with that essay.

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