'1619 Project' Founder Loses Tenure Offer Amid Growing Concerns of Racism in CRT

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The founder of the CRT-based “1619 Project” has come under fire for her controversial views and now it has affected her future job prospects.

Nikole Hannah-Jones  has had an important tenure offer revoked in response to growing concerns about the nature of her work and her racially insensitive comments. The offer came from her alma mater, The University of North Carolina.


NC Policy Watch originally reported the story, saying the UNC board of trustees instead chose to consider a five-year contract for Hannah-Jones.

As Policy Watch reported last week, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media pursued Hannah-Jones for its Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism, a tenured professorship. But following political pressure from conservatives who object to her work on “The 1619 Project” for The New York Times Magazine, the school changed its plan to offer her tenure — which amounts to a career-long appointment. Instead, she will start July 1 for a fixed five-year term as Professor of the Practice, with the option of being reviewed for tenure at the end of that time period.

Dean of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media fretted that the decision would have a “chilling effect.”

“It’s disappointing, it’s not what we wanted and I am afraid it will have a chilling effect,” said Susan King, dean of UNC Hussman.


It’s interesting how something like this worries the likes of Hussman, but people like her are absolutely silent while her colleagues across the nation are losing teaching positions for simply questioning the validity of Critical Race Theory.

Everyone is entitled to their own views, including university administrators. Those are the rules we’ve been trying to live under. But if the left wants to play this game then they should know the rules apply to everyone.

At least Hannah-Jones still has a job. Too many others in her field have been driven out of their positions entirely.


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