One of the major false premises of the 1619 Project is that the idea the Revolutionary War was fought because of a desire to maintain slavery, which they thought the British were about to abolish. On the contrary the Declaration of Independence declared, "These truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Thomas Jefferson desired to put an anti-slavery clause in the declaration of independence and the U.S. Constitution, but the pro-slave owners in the south prevented it. Eventually the Civil War was fought to stop slavery in the U.S. The 1619 Project marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the Virginia colony in 1619. The birth of the nation is changed from July 4, 1776 when the Founders signed the Declaration of Independence from England, to a new racial narrative that the origins of the nation were when the first slaves arrived in 1619.
The root of the 1619 Project is the neo-Marxist Critical Race Theory, which blames societies failures on capitalism, and promotes the replacing of Western ideals and democracy with an atheist Marxist totalitarianism. Those who push white guilt and black victim hood, ignore the fact blacks, Native Americans, and whites all participated as slaveholders. The critical race theory does not seek justice through the rule of law, it categorizes people as the oppressed or as oppressor. However, history shows us that authoritarianism, not utopia, follows Marxist revolutions. Cuba and Venezuela are examples. America offers minorities the greatest opportunity to prosper.