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Nikole Hanna-Jones Was Incorrect. by The Elephant's Child
December 30, 2021, 10:03 pm
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New York Times reporter Nikole Hanna-Jones wrote “The 1619 Project”. She was named to TIME’s list of the “100 most influential people in 2021.”She said recently that she didn’t see why parents should have any say in what their kids are taught in school. She assumes, apparently, that teachers are educated and parents are not. Which may be true for some, yet many parents may be far more educated that their children’s teachers.

Unfortunately, what she got wrong in the first place was what she calls a “Republican propaganda campaign” to discredit the 1619 Project. Her “Project” was based on a false assumption.

In 1619 a group of immigrants were “sold” to residents of the area around what became Baltimore. They were sold as “indentured servants” not as “slaves.” A great many new immigrants in those days came to America as “indentured servants” That meant that they agreed to work for the person to whom they were “sold” until the cost of their transportation across the Atlantic was paid off. It was a way for people who wanted to come to America and could not afford the cost of the weeks at sea to pay for their passage. Some were teachers, others had other skills. Once the cost of their transportation, which their new “owners” had paid to the ship masters was paid off they were free to go about their lives.

Had nothing whatsoever to do with “slavery.” Nikole Hanna-Jones made an erroneous assumption. It just fitted in with the current guilt process for the fact that there were once slaves in America. When slavery was outlawed, “indentured servitude” was also outlawed. But there is a distinction, and it should be noted.

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