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  • Alyssa Spencer

University of Texas at Arlington Requiring Students To Use 1619 Project in Mandatory History Course


According to Fort Worth political activist Carlos Trucios, The University of Texas at Arlington has included assignments involving the 1619 project in the required History 1301 course. Turcios, who is a UTA Alumni posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) stating:


“Despite DEI being removed from Public Universities in Texas, students at the University of Texas at Arlington are required to do 1619 Race Pimp Revisionist history materials for their History 1301 course, which is a core class.”


The post also included screenshots of the assignment in which the prompt for the students to answer for a grade is “How have laws, policies, and systems developed to enforce the enslavement of black Americans before the Civil War influenced laws, policies, and systems in years since?”


The 1619 Project which was the brainchild of leftist investigative journalist, Nikole Hannah-Jones, is purposed towards retelling American history through the lens of racism and slavery. The 1619 Project alleges that the American Revolution was fought to protect slavery in America, a premise which many, even including liberal historians have refuted since the project's release.


The first page of the opening essay to the 1619 Project as shown in the screenshots posted by Turcios states:


“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. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is finally time to tell our story truthfully.”


Despite Governor Abbott ensuring the removal of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs from taxpayer funded universities, professors are continuing to include critical race theory infused curriculums into the classroom.

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