Republican Senator Tom Cotton last week blamed leftists for the lack of attention related to the Mayflower anniversary event, which he says are trying to rewrite history
Republican Senator Tom Cotton blew up the New York Times 1619 project for attempting to rewrite history after a lack of events to mark the Mayflower’s 400th anniversary.
After addressing the Senate Wednesday attacking the project, he penned an essay that was published by Fox News on Saturday.
Cotton wrote: "Unfortunately we didn't hear much about this year's anniversary because pilgrims have gone out of style in elite circles.
& # 39; Just this week, the New York Times Food Section published an article calling the pilgrimage story, including the First Thanksgiving Festival, a "myth" and a "cartoon." In place of these so-called "myths", the liberal newspaper seeks to replace its own, claiming that our nation's history is an unbroken history of conflict, oppression and misery.
"But that's a lie about our country and its founders. Whatever the Times revisionist historians invent, the truth about the pilgrims is more remarkable than any story or holiday special. On this Thanksgiving Day, it is worth pondering why we are celebrate the pilgrims and their living heritage for our nation. "
In his speech to the Senate, he had said, "Perhaps the politically correct editors of the exposed 1619 project are now responsible for pumpkin pie recipes in the Times."
The Mayflower & # 39; is arguably one of the most important dates in American history, the day the first pilgrims came to Plymouth, Massachusetts from England on November 21, 1620.
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November 21, 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the day the Mayflower arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (Image: The Mayflower II)
The traditional narrative depicting pilgrims as gruff pioneers and adventurers has been rejected by critics who believe they are colonizers involved in a slow-motion Native American genocide
WHAT IS THE 1619 PROJECT?
The 1619 project began as an essay published in a special issue of NYT Magazine in August 2019.
The issue focused on the 400th anniversary of the transfer of the first enslaved Africans to the United States and the enduring legacy of slavery.
Journalist and creator Nikole Hannah-Jones was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for the play.
The work later became a larger project that re-examined America's roots.
The project "aims to reshape the history of the country by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of national narrative," the website says.
Her claims have been criticized and challenged by historians and conservative politicians.
Dozens of events had been scheduled by Plymouth 400, Inc, a nonprofit that organizes celebration programs, before being postponed to 2021 earlier this year due to the pandemic.
The renovation and subsequent transatlantic voyage of the Mayflower II, a replica of the 17th century ship, was also postponed until next year. The ship had returned to Plymouth in August after extensive renovations.
The long-standing narrative of how the pilgrims came to found the original 13 colonies and conquered the native people of the country has been re-examined and debunked in recent years.
Most American children grow up with the feel-good story of pilgrims: How Indians shook hands with English settlers, helped them survive their first winter on these shores, and later joined them for the first Thanksgiving festival.
But modern revisions claim to show that this story has a darker side.
Critics have dismissed the portrayal of pilgrims as gruff pioneers, saying they are in fact colonizers involved in a slow-motion Native American genocide.
The counter-telling of America's dark past is perhaps most prominently advertised in the New York Times 1619 project.
Launched in 1619, 1619 aims to reshape the history of the country by centering on the consequences and contributions of black Americans.
The title refers to the year in which the first ship arrived on American soil with the first enslaved Africans – specifically one year before the arrival of the Mayflower.
Dozens of events were scheduled to commemorate the event but have been canceled or postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. The picture above the Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to America 400 years ago, sails to Plymouth in August, where it returns home after extensive renovations
The story of how the pilgrims came to found the original 13 colonies and conquered the land's indigenous people has been re-examined in recent years.
Four centuries after white Europeans left the Mayflower, some descendants of the colonists wrestle with their ancestors' intricate inheritance amid a racist reckoning
The project was heavily criticized by many conservatives, including President Trump, who earlier this year announced plans to launch a counter-initiative called the 1776 Commission.
Cotton concluded the statement by writing: "The story of the pilgrims is not a myth or a caricature – it is the living truth of history. The faith, valor and wisdom of the pilgrims also bring them into the American pantheon. Alongside the patriots of In 1776, the pilgrims of 1620 deserve the honor of the American founders. & # 39;
Cotton's remarks were criticized by Democrats who accused him of continuing a non-existent elementary school narrative.
"If your sense of history doesn't go beyond your 3rd grade coloring books and the actual story terrifies you," replied Rep Ilhan Omar on Twitter to his speech.
“I see Tom Cotton and I had the same third grade teacher. Somehow, between then and HARVARD, he never got the rest of the story, ”tweeted journalist Stephen Holder.
MP Ilhan Omar was among the Democrats who accused him of continuing a non-existent elementary school narrative
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