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So…it was OK to steal people from their homeland to work for nothing in another country for 400 years., then relegate their existence to the trash pile of history. This is an elected official who is supposed to represent EVERYONE in his electoral district.MA

07/27/2020 12:23 am ET Updated 6 hours ago

Slavery “was the necessary evil upon which the union was built,” the Arkansas senator said in an interview.

By Mary Papenfuss

Controversial Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called slavery the nation’s “necessary evil” in a new interview published Sunday.

The senator told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that slavery was the evil ”upon which the union was built.”

He made the stunning comment while discussing how slavery should be taught in schools.

“We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country,” Cotton said. “As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built.”

Cotton also noted that the “union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.”

Instead of portraying America as “an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country,” the nation should be viewed “as an imperfect and flawed land, but the greatest and noblest country in the history of mankind,” he added.

Cotton delved into his twisted view of the history of slavery as he discussed his bill — the Saving American History Act of 2020 — that would cut off federal professional development funds from any school district that teaches a curriculum linked to the 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project — which refers to the year slaves were brought from Africa to colonial America — was a series of pieces by writers for the New York Times Magazine that examines the American history of slavery and its critical role in the nation’s founding.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Times reporter and director of the 1619 Project, blasted Cotton’s comments justifying slavery, “where it was legal to rape, torture and sell human beings for profit.” It’s “hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end,” she added.

 

Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

 

If chattel slavery — heritable, generational, permanent, race-based slavery where it was legal to rape, torture, and sell human beings for profit — were a “necessary evil” as @TomCottonAR says, it’s hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end.

AR Democrat-Gazette

@ArkansasOnline

Bill by Sen. Tom Cotton targets curriculum on slavery http://arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jul/26/bill-by-cotton-targets-curriculum-on-slavery/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_ArkansasOnline…

1:36 PM · Jul 26, 2020

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Cotton shot back in a tweet — retweeted by President Donald Trump — that his comments were not “justifying or endorsing slavery” because he claimed to be merely “describing the views of the Founders.”

 

Tom Cotton

@TomCottonAR

 

US Senate candidate, AR

 

More lies from the debunked 1619 Project. Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery. No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right.

Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

If chattel slavery — heritable, generational, permanent, race-based slavery where it was legal to rape, torture, and sell human beings for profit — were a “necessary evil” as @TomCottonAR says, it’s hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end. https://twitter.com/arkansasonline/status/1287405584585809923…

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Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

 

Were the Founders right or wrong, @TomCottonAR, when they called slavery a “necessary evil upon which the Union was built”? Because either you agree with their assessment of slavery as necessary or you admit they were lying and it was just an evil and dishonorable choice. Which?

Tom Cotton

@TomCottonAR

US Senate candidate, AR

 

More lies from the debunked 1619 Project. Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery. No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right. https://twitter.com/nhannahjones/status/1287456866239418368…

5:52 PM · Jul 26, 2020

 

Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

 

Replying to @nhannahjones

Actual historian and scholar of slavery. https://twitter.com/rothmanistan/status/1287465958529957890?s=21…

Joshua D. Rothman

@rothmanistan

Contra Sen. Cotton, slavery was neither a “necessary” evil nor destined for “ultimate extinction.” Slavery was a choice defended or accepted by most white Americans for generations, and it expanded dramatically between the Revolution and the Civil War. https://arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jul/26/bill-by-cotton-targets-curriculum-on-slavery/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_ArkansasOnline…

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In his interview with the Gazette, Cotton criticized the 1619 Project as “left-wing propaganda,” and “factually, historically flawed.”

“Even a penny is too much to go to the 1619 Project in our public schools,” Cotton said. “The New York Times should not be teaching American history to our kids.”

If “local, left-wing school boards want to fill their children’s heads with anti-American rot, that’s their regrettable choice,” said Cotton. “But they ought not to benefit from federal tax dollars to teach America’s children to hate America.”

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