Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York here. If, as the algorithm that sent you this message suggests, you’re a proud conservative who laments the toll liberal divisiveness has taken on race relations in this country, you’ve no doubt heard that the New York Times is trying to make things even worse with its “1619 project” harping on slavery, which is obviously an attack on Donald Trump and conservative principles. This series is full of anti-American sentiments such as this: “Slavery gave America a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both still define our criminal-justice system.” As if we needed slaves to approve of violent punishment of prisoners! It’s like these people have never been outside their coastal bubble.
In response, the Examiner is running its own 1619 project that you may share with your children, servants, and klavern, so that they may know whom the Real Racists are. Herewith a sample:
1619. After centuries of humdrum life in Africa — not for nothing called “the dark continent” — several future Americans were liberated from a Portuguese ship and brought to a new life in Jamestown, Virginia, birthplace of American freedom. They were entered into what was then called “indentured servitude,” very similar to working of student loans with a job in an Amazon warehouse today, alongside white men (so there). Over time, the Africans proved such excellent workers that white Virginians entered an arrangement with them, whereby all their needs would be met in exchange for a life of service — much like that willingly entered into by priests and nuns to this day — and a promise to not try and escape. The white settlers educated their new black friends in the manual arts, and over time sent their children to apprenticeships throughout the colonized world. They also sent ships to Africa to bring the blessings of freedom directly to the natives; for this they have been rewarded with enormous ingratitude by modern liberals and urban blacks. (For documentary evidence, see Randy Newman’s song “Sail Away,” about the spirit of good will with which these American missionaries did their commendable work.)
1776. A mere 157 years after the first arrival of African servants, the American colonies declared their Independence from Great Britain, thus creating the conditions under which African-Americans would, a century or two later, become recognized as almost-full citizens. Take that, Dean Baquet!
1787. Our African-American friends were called upon to make their first serious contribution to the founding of our Republic (apart from their physical labor) at the Constitutional Convention, where slaves were permitted to be counted in the census as three-fifths of a white man — a “compromise” made, not because the Founders thought less of their darker brethren, but so that these simple souls might not be over-excited by a sudden promotion to full, five-fifths American status and lose their heads — a precaution shown to be well-founded by the riots of the 1960s.
1861-65. A series of lamentable misunderstandings led to a War of Northern Aggression against the slaves’ patrons in the South. For five years Republican Party founder Abraham Lincoln worked with his Southern friends to end the bloodshed, but he was thwarted by the machinations of social justice warriors from the liberal cities such as William Seward and Frederick Douglass. Lincoln finally managed to put an end to this American carnage, but shortly thereafter he was killed by John Wilkes Booth, a liberal actor from the Hollyweird of his time. Without Lincoln to stop the SJWs, no sooner had the slaves been generously relieved of their contractual obligations than they were hurled into that grim crucible known as Reconstruction, during which they were forced to be indoctrinated in public schools, encouraged to waste valuable sharecropping time voting and self-governing, and addicted to welfare.
See more in the Examiner, along with essays by Pat Buchanan, Dinesh D’Souza, and Josh Hawley.