Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis says she has joined other Senate Republicans in re-introducing a bill to ban federal funding for teaching curriculum related to the 1619 project in public schools.

The bill cutting off federal funding for the curriculum is known as the Saving American History Act.

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Supporters of the curriculum, which centers on the history of slavery and the experiences of African Americans in U.S. history, say it is an honest and long-overdue discussion of racism and slavery in the history of the United States.  But opponents say it is often overtly anti-American and is riddled with factual errors.

The 1619 project, published by the New York Times newspaper, is named for the arrival of the first African slaves in the then-colony of Virginia in 1619.

In a news release, Lummis offered these comments:

“Students and teachers should have an open and honest dialogue in the classroom about our nation’s history,” said Senator Lummis. “However, the 1619 Project is pushing an anti-American agenda and distorted, revisionist history with hard-earned taxpayer dollars. I’m pleased to join my colleagues in opposing this waste of federal money.”

The discussion around the 1619 project mirrors a larger debate about the teaching of the history of race relations in the United States and especially whether critical race theory should be taught in schools. Several states have banned the teaching of the theory in their schools.

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