‘1619 Project’ creator Hannah-Jones rejects UNC’s offer for tenure after fierce demands to get it

In the end, the moral of the story involving “1619 Project” creator Nikole Hannah-Jones appears to be that if a soul complains long enough and loud enough in post-Obama America, where victimhood is celebrated, and throw around enough racial allegations, they can pretty much be assured of getting what you want.

There’s also a lesson here for weak-kneed administrators at the University of North Carolina, who have been left with egg all over their faces after caving to the demands from Hannah-Jones for tenured professorship at the university, despite not having a “traditional academic-type background,” as UNC previously stated.

Never mind that Hannah-Jones is a left-wing ideologue who appears to be incapable of seeing beyond the color of one’s skin — then again, there is a demand for qualities such as these on college campuses today.

Turns out, the vociferous advocate for critical race theory essentially told her alma mater to go pound sand, opting to reject their offer to serve as the chair of the journalism department and accept a similar role at Howard University, a private black college.

Not that she didn’t put a good face on it while being celebrated on CBS The Morning, telling co-host Gayle King, “It’s a very difficult decision, not one I wanted to make.”


Her position at Howard was funded by nearly $20 million in donations from several left-of-center organizations, including the Knight Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, as well as an anonymous donor, according to NPR.

The refection “is a blow to UNC, which has had its reputation damaged by its handling of Hannah-Jones’ appointment to an endowed professorship at its journalism school,” NPR reported.

Seeing herself as a martyr, Hannah-Jones responded to the news that UNC voted to grant her tenure to say the actions leading up to that were “about more than just me.”

“This fight is about ensuring the journalistic and academic freedom of black writers, researchers, teachers, and students,” she proclaimed. “We must ensure that our work is protected and able to proceed free from the risk of repercussions, and we are not there yet. These last weeks have been very challenging and difficult and I need to take some time to process all that has occurred and determine what’s the best way forward.”

After getting what she wanted, the former staff writer at the New York Times said in a statement on rejecting UNC’s offer, “The burden of working for racial justice is laid on the very people bearing the brunt of the injustice, and not the powerful people who maintain it. I say to you: I refuse.”

Hannah-Jones had sent UNC a letter threatening a lawsuit when the school initially denied her tenure demand.

“I am obligated to fight back against a wave of anti-democratic suppression that seeks to prohibit the free exchange of ideas, silence black voices, and chill free speech,” she wrote.

The “1619 Project,” which resulted in Hannah-Jones receiving a Pulitzer, claims the U.S. was founded in 1619 on the backs of slaves, rather than in 1776. Hannah-Jones offers a fact-challenged, distorted take on history that’s widely accepted on the left, complimenting the toxic critical race theory premise that systemic racism is rampant in America.


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