John H. Jackson: Trump’s Attack on 1619 Project Is Wrong

John H. Jackson is president of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, one of the few philanthropies that unequivocally supports public schools. He that Trump’s efforts to suppress the 1619 Project—a history of African Americans—is “unworthy of a democracy.”


More than that, the president has no business interfering in school curriculum. Federal law specifically prohibits any federal official from interfering with curriculum or instruction. In this case, Trump is openly appealing to his white suptemacist base, encouraging them to believe that he can prevent schools from teaching black history. He can’t and he shouldn’t.