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NYT Champion Of ‘1619 Riots,’ Nikole Hannah-Jones Joins UNC Faculty

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones will join the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism in Media in July as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism.


The New York Times’ champion of fake history, Nikole Hannah-Jones, who spearheaded the paper’s anti-American “1619 Project” and demanded its racist curriculum be incorporated into K-12 classrooms will join the faculty of the University of North Carolina (UNC) this summer.

Hannah-Jones, 45, will teach at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism in Media beginning in July as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism, according to the Raleigh-based News & Observer. While remaining at the New York Times, Hannah-Jones told the North Carolina newspaper her courses at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she is an alum, “will examine the big questions about journalism,” from the practical elements of the industry to academic rigor. That includes coaching students to “practice the type of journalism that is truly reflective of our multicultural nation.”

Those practices, evidenced by her signature project at the New York Times, will likely focus on the promotion of critical race theory as a new secular religion, where Hannah-Jones has fought aggressively to re-establish the nation’s founding as one built entirely around slavery with its start in 1619 as opposed to separation from Great Britain in 1776.

As a student at the University of Notre Dame, Hannah-Jones wrote, “the white race is the biggest murderer, rapist, pillager, and thief of the modern world” in a racist screed in the school paper.

The 1619 Project, which earned a Pulitzer Prize despite a major correction from Hannah-Jones admitting the piece to be historically inaccurate, seeks to re-define the United States as an irredeemably racist empire built for the sole purpose to oppress black people. The core tenets of the project played no small part in provoking the deadly outbreak of civil unrest in the summer of rage last year, a movement championed by Hannah-Jones who wrote in June, “it would be an honor,” to label the violent madness “the 1619 Riots.”

The project to characterize the U.S. founding entirely through the lens of race, while violently counterproductive, is also historically inaccurate, according to more than two dozen elite academics who signed a letter in October demanding the Pulitzer Prize board revoke its award to the project.

“The duplicity of attempting to alter the historical record in a manner intended to deceive the public is as serious an infraction against professional ethics as a journalist can commit,” the group wrote.

At UNC-Chapel Hill, however, it warrants a hiring to teach the next generation of exhaustively woke journalists. When reached for comment, the university directed The Federalist to a general press release from the school.

“Hannah-Jones brings to the classroom insights from her deep investigative reporting, her industry experience and her influence shaping the national conversation at The New York Times in ways that will create opportunities for UNC Hussman students,” the university wrote.

The Times’ 1619 Project even came under scrutiny from one of the paper’s own columnists, Bret Stephens, who, several days later, railed against the curriculum already imposed in more than 4,500 classrooms as antithetical to historical truth.

“Journalists are, most often, in the business of writing the first rough draft of history, not trying to have the last word on it,” Stephens wrote. “We are best when we try to tell truths with a lowercase t, following evidence in directions unseen, not the capital-T truth of a pre-established narrative in which inconvenient facts get discarded. And we’re supposed to report and comment on the political issues of the day, not become the issue itself.”

Under this model, Stephens explained, “for all of its virtues, buzz, spinoffs and a Pulitzer Prize – the 1619 Project has failed.”