I am lucky enough to have a subscription to The New York Times online, and this came yesterday. I read the first part of this essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones to our older boys tonight. I aim to continue tomorrow. I want them to understand.
“America Wasn’t A Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One”
“Like most young people, I thought I understood so much, when in fact I understood so little. My father knew exactly what he was doing when he raised that flag. He knew that our people’s contributions to building the richest and most powerful nation in the world were indelible, that the United States simply would not exist without us.”
“In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the years of slavery that followed. In the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is finally time to tell our story truthfully.”
— Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times
“The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are. Read all the stories.” — The New York Times
Do you share important topics like this with the kids in your life? Why, how and when, or why not? #FoodForThought
Nadine inhales & exhales words & images from current vantage point in Zone of Emptiness, France. Thank you for reading. ❤︎