Tom Cotton called out for remarks on slavery in criticism of 1619 Project

Tom Cotton called out for remarks on slavery in criticism of 1619 Project

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) faced criticism Sunday after he claimed that the Founding Fathers viewed slavery as a ’necessary evil’ as part of the country’s founding while discussing his bill that would reduce federal funding for any school that includes NYT’s 1619 Project, an initiative that reframes US history around August 1619 and the arrival of slave ships on American shores for the first time.

Clara
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Robert_Clearwater 2 weeks

This is an attempt to define the argument. Allow me to explain: if I were to begin a conversation and say that abortion is murder, I have just defined the terms. Any further conversation will either have to use my definitions, or you will have to argue with me to change the definition before we can continue our dialog. This is defining terms, in essence the NYT is saying "this is the genesis of America, and it was very naughty." Now, to argue with them we can either try to argue against the point they are trying to make (NYT is appealing to our emotions and trying to get us to feel bad about someone or something in the past) or we can try to change the definitions of things. Cotton did the second thing, he didn't dismiss the fact of slavery in America, he wanted to present a different definition of things. The NYT is banking on people will not want to even argue against the NYT assertion because they will be labelled as racist, as Cotton has. The overall goal is to stigmatize our past. There will be no statues, there will be no museums, there will be no clothing other than gray jumpsuits and a breather mask, and there will most certainly not be freedom of speech. 1984 was fictional, that doesn't mean it can't happen.

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