Oprah teams up to push a revised American history

Monday, July 13, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

revising historyA New York Times series that claims the Revolutionary War was fought to preserve slavery in the U.S. is coming to big and small screens with the help of one of Hollywood's biggest and wealthiest personalities.

Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate Media are teaming up with the New York Times to bring "The 1619 Project" to film and TV. Although the controversial project has been dismissed by many historians as fiction, NYT writer Nikole Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer Prize for The 1619 Project, which tries to "reframe" American history so the country is not a shining city on a hill, a beacon of freedom to the world, or the birthplace of liberty. Instead, according to the project, America was founded on slavery, is steeped in racism, and continues to be an illegitimate and malevolent superpower.

Barton

Christian historian David Barton, founder of Wallbuilders, is among the many who say the project is complete bunk.

"America is based on spiritual realities [and] spiritual truths," he begins, "and to become an American you have to believe in certain particular truth. You can be of any race, any nation, any creed, any color; you can come from any land – but it is a specific philosophy that makes us Americans."

According to reports, Winfrey has come aboard as a producer for the new on-screen adaptation, joining Hannah-Jones as the creative leader and co-producer and Lionsgate as the production studio.

Oprah WinfreySince being introduced about a year ago, The 1619 Project has wormed its way into school curricula, books, and a popular podcast, among other platforms – and now, thanks to Winfrey (pictured), will soon be streaming to children through their TVs and social media apps. Barton sees that as a dangerous and existential threat to America.

"The effort now to replace the foundations of America and to make it a new foundation will absolutely destroy the structure," he tells OneNewsNow. "You cannot have the same structure – you will have to build a brand-new structure on top."

And although he recognizes today's chaotic and dangerous times, Barton says he has never been as encouraged to be an American.

"Religious liberty is, I think, the safest now that it's been in my lifetime – and I've got white hair," he shares. "The overall trend in the last three and a half years, we have more victories than we've had defeats in my entire lifetime, and that's a change in direction of the nation. I'm really optimistic about that."

The on-screen project was first reported by "The Root" website – which carries the descriptor "The Blacker the Content the Sweeter the Truth."

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