Messenger: Missouri Republicans Embrace Racism and Censorship, Trying to Ban Project 1619 | Tony messenger
I have never met Nikole Hannah-Jones, but I feel a kinship with her.
She is a reporter for the New York Times who won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for her comments for her powerful personal essay presenting the Revolutionary Project 1619, which reframes American history through the prism of its original sin, slavery.
“America is a nation founded on both an ideal and a lie,” Hannah-Jones wrote. “Our Declaration of Independence, approved on July 4, 1776, proclaims that“ all men are created equal ”and“ endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights ”. But the white men who wrote these words did not believe them to be true for the hundreds of thousands of blacks among them. “Life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness” did not apply to one-fifth of the country. Yet despite being violently deprived of the freedom and justice promised to all, black Americans fervently believed in the American creed. Through centuries of black resistance and protests, we have helped the country live up to its founding ideals. And not just for ourselves – black rights struggles have paved the way for all other rights struggles, including women’s and gay rights, immigrant and disability rights.