To move forward on race relations, we first need to understand the inherent complexities about slavery and slaver-ownership.
In a recent meeting addressing the staff of the New York Times, the paper’s executive editor Dean Baquet announced that the Gray Lady’s new editorial direction for 2019 would include an effort to “write more deeply about the country, race, and other divisions.” The 1619 Project appears to be the first major fruit of this shift. Are these much-debated essays part of a concerted effort to undermine public faith in the basic decency of our regime? Do they merely represent a corrective to some of the nation’s long-held beliefs about how large a role slavery played in shaping our institutions today?
To address these and other concerns, we present four contributions to the ongoing debate about the 1619 Project:
by W.B. Allen
by Hans Eicholz
by Kevin Gutzman
by Jason Ross