UNC Gives Tenure to Racist

This is old news for many of you, but I just came across it:

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the lead essayist on New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, wrote a letter to the editor in Notre Dame’s The Observer stating that “the white race is the biggest murderer, rapist, pillager, and thief of the modern world.”

Hannah-Jones claimed that the actions of European settlers and explorers such as Christopher Columbus were “acts of devils” and likens them to Hitler.

“[The whites] lasting monument was the destruction and enslavement of two races of people,” Hannah-Jones wrote.

Hannah-Jones claims Africans arrived in North America long before Europeans, but that unlike Europeans, Africans befriended and traded with the indigenous people. She claims pyramids in Mexico are a symbol of said friendship.

Now that the racist has tenure, it’s time to make popcorn.

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10 Responses to UNC Gives Tenure to Racist

  1. Ilíon says:

    Shaka Zulu would have so much fun with this willful idiot.

  2. Dhay says:

    > Hannah-Jones claims Africans arrived in North America long before Europeans, but that unlike Europeans, Africans befriended and traded with the indigenous people. She claims pyramids in Mexico are a symbol of said friendship.

    Wasn’t it the European Vikings who arrived in North America long ago and who befriended and traded with the indigenous people? That’s a startling omission for a historian, even for a sophomore history student.

    Egypt is famous for its pyramids, Africa in general isn’t. Is she claiming Egyptians sailed to the Americas? It’s the first I’ve heard of that thesis. Does she (or anyone) adduce evidence? Have archaeologists discovered traded Egyptian or other African goods in Mexico (etc) or traded Mexican (etc) goods in Egypt or elsewhere in Africa? Deciphered inscriptions, anyone?

    It’s such a gee-whizz, startling story that it would have made headlines, history books and my attention if there were any evidence.

    But to amended-quote TFBW from the previous thread, “It’s the AOC school of thought in operation: more concerned about claiming the moral high ground than factual accuracy. It’s pretty clear that Hannah-Jones has adopted Woke History, where the moral of the story is more important than the facts.”

  3. Ilíon says:

    As I understand it, the Vikings did trade upon first contact with the Indians they had met …. who returned the next day and attacked them. One of the things the Vikings traded to the Indians was milk products; one theory is that the Indians mistook their consequent symptoms of lactose intolerance for attempted poisoning.

  4. TFBW says:

    Egypt is famous for its pyramids, Africa in general isn’t. Is she claiming Egyptians sailed to the Americas? It’s the first I’ve heard of that thesis.

    You’re new to Woke History, so I’ll give you a few quick pointers, then you can decide whether you want to apply your legendary sleuthing skills to it (at the possible risk of increased cynicism or misanthropy). One of the popular Woke History theories is the “Afrocentric” view, in which a close relationship is claimed between the ancient Egyptians and sub-Saharan Africans. It is part of a more general Black Supremacist school of thought which ascribes all that is good and admirable in this world to the works of Black people, and all the corruption and suppression of that to the whites. This “Afrocentric” model is derisively (and justly so) termed the “We Wuz Kangs” view of history—a term which the ADL dutifully brands as a “racist hate symbol”, because they’re a Woke organisation too (or possibly just using Wokism to further their own agenda, but I risk being branded an anti-Semite if I go there).

  5. nscovell says:

    Lol I love people like that. They make life interesting and remind us as to why we should support the 2nd amendment and a good strong military.

  6. Michael says:

    She turned them down and took a position at Howard U. UNC sure dodged that bullet.

  7. FZM says:

    “It’s the AOC school of thought in operation: more concerned about claiming the moral high ground than factual accuracy. It’s pretty clear that Hannah-Jones has adopted Woke History, where the moral of the story is more important than the facts.”

    This British writer of popular history books made a memorable video about the civilisations of sub-Saharan Africa a while ago:

    There is some comparative exploration of artistic and architectural styles at around the 1:00 and 2:00 minutes in.

  8. TFBW says:

    She turned them down and took a position at Howard U. UNC sure dodged that bullet.

    Despite their best efforts to throw themselves in front of the firing squad, that is. This is exactly why you don’t apologise to the Woke mob: they’re not looking for an apology; the’re looking for a public confession to justify their outrage. They don’t forgive anything, ever. If you offer them the olive branch, they will use it as a lash.

    Not The Bee has a good summary of the saga. One factoid I picked up from that, of which I wasn’t previously aware: Nikole Hannah-Jones doesn’t have a doctoral degree of any sort. They were offering a tenured professorship to someone who writes discredited garbage for pure political advocacy, and who doesn’t even have a fig leaf of qualification to cover it up.

    Does anyone have an intact shred of faith in our academic institutions? I’m out.

  9. Michael says:

    Thanks for the link, TFBW. Love the Ben Shapiro tweet:

  10. Dhay says:

    TFBW > Nikole Hannah-Jones doesn’t have a doctoral degree of any sort. They were offering a tenured professorship to someone who writes discredited garbage for pure political advocacy, and who doesn’t even have a fig leaf of qualification to cover it up.

    I see she’s a journalist teaching “Race and Investigative Journalism“; History, as such, is not her taught subject. Nor does she know history well or teach history well: plainly her ‘1619 Project’ version of history (that has made her so popular in some quarters) bombed out under peer review.

    Reading Michael’s linked article severely critical of Hannah-Jones’ historical assertions…

    BTW, here’s a good article where a mainstream historian exposes the fatal flaws in Hannah-Jones’ assertions.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/1619-project-new-york-times-wilentz/605152/

    …I am struck by the parallel between her history journalism and, famously, most (though not all) science journalism, where the journalist plainly does not themself have a good grasp of the field, does not understand the details of what they are reporting on, and misrepresents and sensationalises the conclusions.

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