A very strange suggestion: A response to Woody Holton
Platypus Review 148 | July/August 2022
PROFESSOR HOLTON appears to believe that my entire critique of the 1619 project boiled down to a “demand that it make the Black History Month compromise of showcasing black heroes instead of white oppressors[.]” This is a very strange suggestion, since the essay literally disavowed this exact demand, acknowledging that “The project aims to do more than curate a Black History Month greatest hits album.” The central argument in my essay, about the intellectual and political pitfalls of the project's originalist narrative of American history, are dealt with in one dismissive and undiscerning paragraph. I have to wonder if Professor Holton actually bothered to read the essay before sitting down to respond to it. |P
 Woody Holton, “The latest hits on the 1619 Project: Designed obsolescence?,” published in this issue.
 Matt Karp, “History as End: 1619, 1776, and the Politics of the Past,” Harpers (July 2021).