Why are states banning it in schools?

“The 1619 Project,” a six-part documentary series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning essay and podcast series developed by Nicole Hannah-Jones, is now streaming on Hulu.

The project, a series of essays, poems and multimedia by Hannah-Jones, other New York Times writers and historians first published in The New York Times Magazine in 2019, examined the impact of slavery on American life, economics and culture through the current day. .

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Arguments over the importance, relevance and accuracy of the project began immediately, and it became a lightning rod in the battle of how race should be taught in schools. Political leaders publicly praised or denounced it. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called it “a lie.” Former president Donald Trump condemned “The 1619 Project” as “toxic propaganda” and “ideological poison” that “will destroy our country,” and he called for an alternative lesson plan in response. The Biden Administration cited the project in a request for a grant to support “antiracist” education. GOP leaders in multiple states filed bills to cut funding to K-12 schools and colleges that provided lessons derived from the project.

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