The New York Times published an article brushing over the historical inaccuracies present in the “1619 Project” to fawn over Nikole Hannah-Jones and her fight to be awarded tenure at the University of North Carolina.
The Times glossed over the fact that the paper has issued major corrections to Hannah-Jones’s 1619 Project, describing it as “an ambitious series that reframed the history of the United States through the lens of slavery.”
“The 1619 Project, whose name is derived from the year that enslaved Africans were brought to the English colony of Virginia, drew early criticism from five prominent historians. The series became the center of a cultural debate partly because of a series of 1619 Project school lesson plans developed by the Pulitzer Center and offered on its website,” the Times article stated, noting the project’s permeance into the critical race theory battle in schools around the nation.
Nowhere in the article does the author mention that the 1619 Project is littered with corrections. Instead, the author amplifies Hannah-Jones’s refusal to join the university’s faculty “as planned next month unless she is granted tenure” and her threats to possibly file “a discrimination suit over the board’s failure to approve tenure.”
The 1619 Project, lead by Hannah-Jones, seeks to portray America as a racist nation founded for the sole reason of oppressing black people. In its early days, the project claimed that the desire to protect slavery was held by “all of” the colonists who fought in the Revolutionary War. The Times was later forced to issue an update revising the allegation to only “some of” the colonists.
While embroiled in disputes with respected historians about the project’s historical inaccuracies, the corporate media outlet also quietly omitted the controversial “founding” claim “understanding 1619 as our true founding” from the description of the project sometime after August 2019. At the time of this revision’s discovery, Hannah-Jones tried to defend her comments as rhetorical without acknowledging the long list of previous instances where she made the same exact claim that America’s “true founding” occurred in 1619 when the first African slaves arrived in Virginia, as opposed to 1776.
Hannah-Jones was originally hired to teach at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism in Media starting next month as the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism but her legal team is insistent that she will not “begin employment with the university without the protection and security of tenure.”