Much of the nation’s ongoing racial tension can be attributed to New York Times opinion writer Nikole Hannah-Jones and her disciples.
Hannah-Jones, who is black, spearheaded the Times’ “1619 Project” which won a Pulitzer Prize last year for arguing that America’s founding was rooted in racism and slavery and should be properly dated to 1619, when the first African slaves were brought to our shores, and not 1776, when the nation actually cast off British rule.
Hannah-Jones was celebrated, the Biden administration now wants her musings taught in America’s schools, and advocates of the project greeted it as if nothing had changed in America in the past 400 years.
Real historians, however, denounced her for a significant and misleading misreading of American history and for demonstrable errors, which the Times quietly corrected.
Even Hannah-Jones herself later reversed course and began saying the project was a work of journalism and not actual history.
The University of North Carolina was prepared to recognize that latter fact.
According to the conservative group Campus Reform, UNC offered Hannah-Jones, a UNC alumnus, $180,000 a year over the next five years for a tenured chairmanship on the faculty. She would have been the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism – which undoubtedly would have provided her a perch to promote more woke theories about America’s history and society and spread that through the student body.
And as a tenured professor, Hannah-Jones would have been protected from any adverse professional action for her opinions.
But that now has apparently been with yanked.
UNC pulled back on its offer, according to Campus Reform, after conservatives pushed back on her hiring. They pressured the school and politicians about giving Hannah-Jones immediate tenure and pointing out the checkered history of her work.
Hannah-Jones will now apparently be given the chance to teach at UNC for a five-year contract, at the end of which she could receive tenure.
Be prepared to hear this is just more racism.
One of Hannah-Jones’s supporters at UNC noted, “This is kind of cancel culture at its finest.”
Sure, except for the fact that, unlike real victims of Cancel Culture who lose jobs by speaking out against the ideology Hannah-Jones advocates, Hannah-Jones did not lose the teaching gig. She just had to wait a few years to reach a point where she could not be fired.
That Hannah-Jones supporter was obviously oblivious to Hannah-Jones’ own efforts to cancel two of her former NYT colleagues: opinions editor James Bennet, who stepped down last year amid criticism from Hannah-Jones and others after allowing GOP Sen. Tom Cotton to write an op-ed critical of Black Lives Matter rioting, and science reporter Donald McNeil, who resigned in February after reportedly using the N-word in a 2019 conversation with a student who had asked whether another student should be punished for using it in an online video.
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