Former Education Secretary William Bennett (the man who, in 2005, said aborting Black babies would reduce America’s crime rate) is reportedly launching a series of interactive stories that will combine literacy and historical education in an attempt to counter content like the “1619 Project.”
With a public campaign announced Monday, the new initiative purportedly meets U.S. history standards and aims to reverse declining academic achievement among American students. Dan Kuenster, an Emmy-award winning artist and a former Disney Animation Studios executive, is producing the online platform, which utilizes a curriculum based on Bennett’s best-selling history series, “America: The Last Best Hope.”
Dubbed “The Story of America,” the new project is the result of a combined effort between Bennett, businessman and philanthropist Richard Collins, and Kathleen Leos, who served as assistant deputy secretary & director of the office of English language acquisition in the U.S. Department of Education. Read more here.
Editor’s Note: Readers should be reminded of the true nature of this world-class scoundrel named: William Bennett.
This is the same person who said on his September 28th, 2005 radio program Morning In America: “If you wanted to reduce crime, you could—if that were the sole purpose—you could abort every Black baby in this country and the crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.”
With people like Bennett blaming Black America as the primary source of American crime, is there any wonder why we are racially-profiled, targeted, killed and murdered in the streets by the police?
The very fact that someone as bigoted against Black Americans as Bennett is was once an “education secretary” highlights there is so much more work to be done to tell the full American story. All Americans, but particularly Black and other non-white Americans, deserve to finally have a true accounting of American history. The feel-good nostalgic nonsense that pass for history textbooks, like Bennett’s new book, must be discarded where they belong—with the trash, in the garbage.
American history must be taught warts and all–not only the good but the bad and the ugly as well.