In his final full day in office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced multiculturalism, saying it is “not who America is” and that it “distort[s] our glorious founding.” Pompeo’s comment comes a day after the White House marked Martin Luther King Day by releasing a report by Trump’s 1776 Commission that called for “patriotic education” while justifying slavery and defending counting enslaved Black people as three-fifths of a person. Historians denounced the report. Boston University professor Ibram X. Kendi said, “This report makes it seems as if slaveholding founding fathers were abolitionists; that Americans were the early beacon of the global abolitionist movement; that the demise of slavery in the United States was inevitable.” Trump formed the commission in response to The New York Times’s 1619 Project, which examined how slavery shaped the nation.
Trump Admin Declares Multiculturalism Is “Not Who America Is” as WH Releases Racist, Revisionist Report
HeadlineJan 20, 2021