“The Story” host Martha MacCallum tangled with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten Monday over her support of The New York Times’ controversial “1619 Project” and critical race theory being taught in classrooms across the country.
MacCallum questioned Weingarten’s push to implement a curriculum based on certain parts of the 1619 Project, published in 2019 by the Times.
The project is based on the belief that the first importation of the slaves to American shores in 1619 constituted the nation’s true founding, “and that the reason for the revolution and the colonization was because people wanted to preserve slavery,” MacCallum explained.
Weingarten, a self-described “history and social studies teacher” defended the controversial belief, claiming that “from everything I can see and understand from the data that I see, 1619 was the year that the first slave boat came from Africa to the United States. So that’s a point in history that I think we should be teaching.”
“That’s a very simplistic take on it,” MacCallum fired back. “The Story” host explained that the project indoctrinates children to believe that “the country was founded on the basis of wanting to preserve slavery.”
“If you raise children in this country believing that it’s a bad country that was founded in wanting to preserve slavery…then we’ve got a problem in our school system.”
“But that is not factual. That is not true,” MacCallum told viewers. “In fact, scholars say there’s no evidence that colonists were motivated by that in coming to the United States. So it would be wrong as a historian to want to teach them something that is not true, because that is the basis that sets up all of these other tenants that lead to teaching kids that we live in a systemically racist country.”
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