Media call Trump’s 1776 Commission report ‘racist’

Critics also disturbed that it ‘equates progressivism with totalitarianism’

January 20, 2021

Critics of the report released Monday by President Trump’s 1776 Commission, which seeks to restore education on America and its founding, charge it is racist and “excuses” the nation’s history of slavery.

The New York Times headline said “Trump’s ‘1776 report’ defends America’s founding on the basis of slavery and blasts progressivism”

CNN’s headline was Trump administration issues racist school curriculum report on MLK day.”

A USA Today story by Matthew Brown called the report “a document that excuses America’s history of slavery, derides the legacy of the civil rights movement and equates progressivism with totalitarianism.”

In its introduction, the report argues that while the country “has its imperfections, just like any other country, in the annals of history the United States has achieved the greatest degree of personal freedom, security, and prosperity for the greatest proportion of its own people and for others around the world.”

“These results are the good fruit of the ideas the founding generation expressed as true for all people at all times and places.”

The Times, and the Wikipedia entry on the report, claimed the commission had no professional historians.

The paper apparently was unfamiliar with, among others, members Victor Davis Hanson, Charles Kessler and the commission’s chairman, Larry Arnn, the president of Hillsdale College.

Arnn studied international history at the London School of Economics and modern history at Oxford University in England. While in England, he worked as director of research for the official biographer of Winston Churchill.

Kessler, a graduate of Harvard and a professor at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University, is known for his scholarship on Abraham Lincoln.

Hanson is a professor emeritus of classics at California State University, Fresno, and a senior fellow in classics and military history at Stan….


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