1776 commission report defends slavery, racism

By Matthew Shanbom, Editor-in-Chief

Just before President Trump left office, the 1776 Commission, created by Trump via executive order, released their report in response to the New York Times’ 1619 project which advocated for American education to focus on the negative side of America’s history.

The document is formatted by showing possibly derogatory actions to America’s value and attempting to prove the 1619 project wrong through weakly created arguments. One such example was when the report addressed slavery, and started to dismiss it by saying “many Americans labor under the illusion that slavery was somehow a uniquely American evil.” To dismiss slavery by saying “oh other countries did it too” is irresponsible and inappropriate for an official government commission report. The report goes on to suggest the Constitution compromises on slavery through the ban of the slave trade in 1808. While this compromise was necessary and important, it is still important to address the dark side of American history such as many Founding Fathers owning slaves.

The main point of the document is to suggest the Constitution and Declaration of Independence are almost perfect documents and should be defended at all points. The document even says “we know that our Declaration is worth preserving, our Constitution worth defending.” While I love the country, I do not think these documents are perfect and should be above all criticisms. Overt nationalism hurts nations as the people who form the backbone become blind to its issues. It is important to criticize our government for its issues then praise its good actions. Neither the Constitution, nor our government, are perfect and that should be acknowledged by all true Americans.

The report can be found here.

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