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Congressman Rick Allen Files Bill to Defund ‘1619 Project’

Georgia Congressman Rick Allen recently introduced ‘The Saving American History Act,’ a bill that would prohibit federal funds from being used to teach the New York Times’ 1619 Project in K-12 schools or school districts. He and his colleagues say the project is ‘historically inaccurate.’

Representatives Rick Allen (R-Ga.) and Ken Buck (R-Colo.) recently introduced The Saving American History Act, a bill that would prohibit federal funds from being used to teach the New York Times’ 1619 Project in K-12 schools or school districts. The members of Congress say the project is ‘historically inaccurate.’ This bill serves as companion legislation to Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)’s Senate version, originally introduced in July. This bill would not impact federal funds to assist low-income or special-needs students.

More than 4,500 school districts across the country have begun teaching history curricula based on the New York Times’ flawed and historically inaccurate 1619 Project. This progressive project elevates revisionist history despite multiple prominent historians pointing out numerous factual inaccuracies containing in the 1619 Project’s curriculum.

The backers of the bill say ‘the federal government has a strong and clear interest to ensure federal education dollars are used to provide our children with an accurate accounting of our nation’s history, not to promote inaccurate curricula like the New York Times’ 1619 Project.’

Congressman Rick Allen, a Republican on the House Education and Labor, K-12 Subcommittee, said:

“The 1619 Project’s goal is to indoctrinate the idea in our nation’s young people that America is an evil country – which is far from the truth. Though our history is not perfect, we have overcome our challenges to create a land of opportunity for all. If we want to fight injustice and work toward a more perfect union, we must learn from our past and teach our students to do better – not teach false history. This legislation will ensure federal education funding is going towards truthful and historically accurate curriculum.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said:

“The New York Times’s 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded. Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage.”

Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) said:

“The 1619 Project teaches children a historically inaccurate account of our nation’s history. Federal funding should not go towards schools that teach flawed and inaccurate curriculum in classrooms. We should be able to acknowledge the stains on our nation’s history while still continuing to celebrate the good our country has done.”

Bill text is linked HERE.

 

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Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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    NELDA SMITH

    September 26, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Thank you Congressman Rick Allen ! I am a senior citizen and even in my 3rd grade class , we were taught that many of our ancestors – Red, Caucasian and Black – were slaves in North America from 1600 – 1900. Many more English, Scot and Irish Slaves were brought to North America in chains, yokes and shackles than Black Slaves from Africa and The Ivory Coast. For many Southerners, the history of Red, Caucasian and Black Slavery is our family history and has been erased . Even The Orphan Trains (1855 – 1927) has been romanticized as children were snatched from the East Coast and carried to the Mid-West to be used as slaves. Most Americans under 65 have no idea of their true history.

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