Following months of contentious debate, Nikole Hannah-Jones, the New York Times reporter who authored the ‘1619 Project’ has been made a tenured journalism professor for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In a meeting last Wednesday, and under pressure of a lawsuit, the UNC Board of Trustees approved Hannah-Jones’ tenure application voting 9-4, giving her tenure the following day at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
UNC announced back in April that Hanna-Jones was to serve as the Knight Chair in Race at Hussman School, as well as serving the position for Investigative Journalism. While this position normally entails tenure, the university chose instead to offer Hannah-Jones a five year long contract on grounds that there was backlash about her appointment for her controversial role in driving racist education.
She refused the offer and threatened to sue UNC on grounds of racial discrimination. She also protested the school in May, getting 40 journalism faculty staff to sign a statement that declared that she should be given tenure.
While the university did not cave to the demands at first, continued threats from Hannah-Jones through her lawyers compelled them to grant her tenure in order to avoid more controversy.
Trustee Gene Davis, at the meeting, declared that approving Hannah-Jones tenure affirmed the university’s decision to place “its highest values first.” Protesters attending the meeting literally laughed out loud at the comment.
The ‘1619 Project’ started by Hannah-Jones back in 2019 is an ongoing effort by the left to rewrite American history as being completely based upon and centralized around slavery. It falsely claims that the American war for independence was not fought to throw off British tyranny, but rather in order to keep slaves when the British Empire was abolishing slavery.
The claim is blatantly false, as Britain didn’t abolish slavery until 1833, a full 57 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Consequently, the ‘1619 Project’ has been the subject of much controversy and criticism. Shortly after it was announced by the New York Times, five historians issued a letter to the paper requesting that they make corrections to the obviously fake history.
Author: Delbert Sutton