The 1776 Commission, established by President Donald Trump to promote patriotic education, is combatting the Biden administration’s proposed rule to incorporate anti-American and hatemongering curriculum into schools by offering up part of its own report as a public comment for review.
In a letter sent to the Department of Education on Monday, 1776 Commission’s Executive Director Matthew Spalding explained that the Biden administration’s proposed rule not only hides behind the “misleading” term “anti-racism” but it also uses federal dollars to fund “teaching of racial discrimination in America’s elementary and secondary school systems.”
‘The Proposed Rule should be withdrawn, just as individual states, which actually have the authority over the nation’s K-12 educational system, should oppose race-based pedagogy as part of their curricula and even if attempted to be imposed by the federal government,” the letter continues.
Spalding also offers the 1776 report’s section called “Created Equal or Identity Politics?” as a public comment on the rule to be reviewed by the Biden administration.
The left’s new “creed,” the report states, uses identity politics such as race and sex to “define and divide Americans in terms of collective social identities” and give “moral claim upon the rest of society” to those who are “oppressed.”
“According to this new creed, our racial and sexual identities are more important than our common status as individuals equally endowed with fundamental rights,” the report states, noting how this contradicts the Declaration of Independence.
As Biden’s proposed rule stands now, students would be taught that the United States is filled with “systemic racism” that can only be cured by “anti-racist” training that singles out white people as responsible for all race-related issues. Taxpayer funds would also be used to push a muddled version of American history that hides behind promotions of “diversity, identities, histories, contributions, and experiences of all students” from discredited curriculum such as the 1619 Project and hatemonger Ibram X. Kendi.
The 1776 report, however, outlines why the critical race theory, which found its beginnings in Marxism, should not be used in schools.
“Proponents of identity politics rearrange Americans by group identities, rank them by how much oppression they have experienced at the hands of the majority culture, and then sow division among them. While not as barbaric or dehumanizing, this new creed creates new hierarchies as unjust as the old hierarchies of the antebellum South, making a mockery of equality with an ever-changing scale of special privileges on the basis of racial and sexual identities,” the report concludes. “The very idea of equality under the law of one nation sharing King’s ‘solid rock of brotherhood’—is not possible and, according to this argument, probably not even desirable.”
Trump first created the 1776 Commission by executive order in November to celebrate and promote America’s founding and values.
“We will state the truth in full, without apology: We declare that the United States of America is the most just and exceptional nation ever to exist on Earth,” Trump said when he established the commission.
After President Joe Biden assumed office, however, the report, which was published one day before Inauguration Day, was scrubbed from the White House’s website. Despite its abrupt ending by the federal government the 1776 Commission continues to meet.
The commission’s next private, off-the-record summit, hosted by Spalding will be on May 24 at the Washington DC campus of Hillsdale College. The university’s president Larry Arnn along with Carol Swain will chair the event.