The six-part series — which the streamer bills as “based on journalism by The New York Times” — is expected to explore America’s purported “systemic racism” while also seeking to establish 1619 — the year the first slaves came to an American colony — as the true founding of the United States, not 1776.
The NY Times teamed up with Lionsgate and Oprah Winfrey to produce the docuseries. Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Times journalist who spearheaded the series of articles, will serve as a producer along with Winfrey. She makes an appearance in the teaser trailer.
A press release Hulu issued in 2021 to announce the series comically described Hannah-Jones as “one of the nation’s foremost investigative journalists.”
“This is a story of America, that’s our argument,” she said at the Television Critics Tour on Saturday. “You can’t understand the story of America without understanding the story of slavery. It’s not a documentary about Black [sic] people, it’s a documentary series about America. It offers a better understanding of the country we live in.”
No, it doesn’t. It is revisionist history and neo-Marxist propaganda designed to smear America as a country whose roots are grounded in racism, not in liberty. That’s why Oprah Winfrey and Hulu are turning it, and not the truth about America’s origins, into a “documentary” series.