An education commission formed by the Trump administration after last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests issued a report this week equating progressive politics with fascism and accusing American educators of brainwashing kids.
The “1776 Report” prepared by the 18-member commission—with no professional historians—called for “patriotic education,” blasting educators for highlighting the nation’s “sins.” The commission decried the notion that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were hypocrites for owning slaves, saying that slavery “has been more the rule than the exception throughout human history.” The report, which President Biden plans to rescind, also claimed that the civil rights movement “almost immediately turned to programs that ran counter to the lofty ideals of the Founders.”
James Grossman, the executive director of the American Historical Association, called the report “a hack job” and “cynical politics.”. (The Week)
My comment: I must say that wasting your time attacking national leaders long dead seems pointless. They were what they were. Times were what times were. What we should now be doing is improving the lives of African Americans, ensuring equal access to education, healthcare and job opportunities etc. The way of life and the attitudes of the Founders were hugely different to that of their present-day descendants. Two people I can immediately think of had ancestors who held slaves, but certainly disagree with the institution of slavery – quite the opposite.
Concentrate on what you can improve today instead of wasting hot air on the late 18th Century and its manifest faults and dubious attitudes.