1619 Project Creator: Jefferson ‘Failed to Live Up to’ His Ideals

1619 Project Creator: Jefferson ‘Failed to Live Up to’ His Ideals

November 17, 2021

Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, 1619 Project creator and professor Nikole Hannah-Jones declared that Thomas Jefferson held “majestic ideals” about slavery but “failed to live up to them.”

“I mean, look, my daughter used to always ask me, is this person good or bad, momma?” said the race-mongering propagandist and historical revisionist Hannah-Jones. “And I would have to tell her most people can do really great things, and most people are capable of doing bad things. And we can’t think of history as all good or all bad, and we can’t think about our founders or any one person as all good or all bad.”

Fair enough so far.

“Thomas Jefferson wrote down some majestic ideals. He failed to live up to them,” she added. “And what we argue is that black Americans read those majestic ideals. Ideas matter and they said, ‘We’re going to fight to make those true.’ That’s a narrative I think we can all be proud of. And we have to be able to teach our children and ourselves a complicated history about a complicated nation.”

All true. But the “complicated history” Hannah-Jones has told through the dangerously influential 1619 Project is not history at all but an ugly, divisive, lie to promote the left’s ideological agenda.

We all fail to live up to our ideals sometimes. That is the nature of our broken humanity and that is the nature of ideals — they are goals we aim for and often fall short of. Nikole Hannah-Jones wants you to believe that Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers fell short of those ideals because they were racist and the country they set in motion was founded in — and is still mired in — racism.

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