Washington DC, Sep 17 (efe-epa).- The United States’ President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will create a commission to promote “patriotic education” and confront “left-wing indoctrination” in schools, which he held responsible for the recent racial justice protests against police brutality in the country.
Trump also announced the creation of a grant “to support the development of a pro-American curriculum,” at the National Archives Museum, where he led an event to celebrate the adoption of the US Constitution on Sep. 17, 1787,
The moves were widely seen as a political reaction to some academics urging for schools to teach a history curriculum that better acknowledges slavery and systemic racism in the US.
“The left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools,” Trump claimed, adding that a “twisted web of lies” was being taught about US systemic racism in classrooms, which he considered “a form of child abuse.”
The president, who will seek re-election on Nov. 3, also said there is a “radical movement” in the country trying to “demolish” American heritage.
“Left-wing mobs have torn down statues of our founders, desecrated our memorials and carried out a campaign of violence and anarchy,” Trump said, alluding to the protests that erupted after the death in May of Black American George Floyd in custody.
Floyd, who died after a police officer pinned him to the ground by his knee, led to thousands of people across the country taking to the streets to express their outrage in protests that also resulted in the demolition of some Confederate statues and symbols.
“The left has warped, distorted and defiled the American story with deceptions, falsehoods and lies,” complained Trump, criticizing the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘1619 Project,’ which compiles articles and essays that indicate 1619 as the year of the founding of the country, noting that it was then that enslaved Africans were brought to the shores of what would become the United States.
“Critical race theory, the 1619 Project and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda – ideological poison that if not removed will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together,” he said.
Trump rejected that the US was founded on oppression and even criticized a document published by the renowned Smithsonian Institution, which, he said “alleged that concepts such as hard work, rational thinking, the nuclear family, and belief in God were not values that unite all Americans, but were instead aspects of ‘whiteness.’”
“The only path to national unity is through our shared identity as Americans. That is why it is so urgent that we finally restore patriotic education to our schools,” Trump added, for which he anticipated that he will sign an executive order that will allow him to create the ‘1776 Commission’ to “promote patriotic education.”
In addition, he said that he will erect a statue in honor of Caesar Rodney, who was one of the 56 signatories of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776, to be erected in a future National Garden of American Heroes featuring “the greatest Americans who have ever lived.”
A statue of Rodney, a slave owner, was removed from a town square in Wilmington, Delaware, in June, The Washington Post reported.
That newspaper also indicated that the federal government has no jurisdiction over school curriculum. EFE-EPA