An apology was unwarentedly issued from the American Histoical Association president because he dared to question the poor scholarship of The 1619 Project.
- "An accomplished scholar has been brought down to the position of supplicant by someone who distorts American history for a living."
- "...Sweet’s apology, posted the next day, could have come from the Soviet archives. He expressed his regret that his “Perspectives on History column has generated anger and dismay among many of our colleagues and members.” He only intended “to open a conversation on how we ‘do’ history in our current politically charged environment.”
- Furthermore, he “sincerely” regretted “the way I have alienated some of my Black colleagues and friends.” His “clumsy efforts to draw attention to methodological flaws in teleological presentism” had “left the impression that questions posed from absence, grief, memory, and resilience somehow matter less than those posed from positions of power. This absolutely is not true. It wasn’t my intention to leave that impression, but my provocation completely missed the mark.”
- That’s a new crime — provocation!
The 1619 Project is coming back as the school year starts. Mary Grabar has new material in Debunking the 1619 Project where she exposes the lies of two recent 1619 project books by Nikole Hannah-Jones.