July 24, 2021

What is The 1619 Project? Trump threatens funding for schools if they use it

President Donald Trump on Sunday threatened to defund schools if the U.S. Department of Education finds they’re using The 1619 Project in their curriculum.

Trump’s threats were in response to a tweet from an unverified account claiming California implemented the project, an initiative from The New York Times Magazine to tell the country’s history through the experience of Black Americans, in its public schools. It’s unclear if that’s the case or who runs the account.

“Department of Education is looking at this,” the president tweeted in response. “If so, they will not be funded!”

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