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Nikole Hannah-Jones Considers Suing UNC-Chapel Hill Over Denial of Tenure

Nikole Hannah-Jones Considers Suing UNC-Chapel Hill Over Denial of Tenure

“I am obligated to fight back against a wave of anti-democratic suppression that seeks to prohibit the free exchange of ideas, silence Black voices, and chill free speech.”

It’s amazing how angry the left is about this matter, including Hannah-Jones herself. This really got to them.

Townhall reports:

Nikole Hannah-Jones Mulls Lawsuit Against UNC, Alleging She Was Racially Discriminated Against

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator of the 1619 Project, sent a letter to the University of North Carolina warning them that she may decide to sue them for discrimination over its decision to deny her tenure.

Hannah-Jones, whose legal team includes lawyers with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, sent the letter Thursday, alleging that she was discriminated against, due in part to her race:

I am obligated to fight back against a wave of anti-democratic suppression that seeks to prohibit the free exchange of ideas, silence Black voices, and chill free speech.

The board at UNC was accused of caving to pressure from critics of the 1619 Project, a historically inaccurate representation of U.S. history that aims to bring slavery to forefront, describing its mission as looking to “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”

Hannah-Jones echoed these accusations, suggesting her denied tenure was a result of opposition to the project.

As a Black woman who has built a nearly two-decades-long career in journalism, I believe Americans who research, study, and publish works that expose uncomfortable truths about the past and present manifestations of racism in our society should be able to follow these pursuits without risk to their civil and constitutional rights.


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They’ll cave.

The Friendly Grizzly | May 30, 2021 at 9:56 am

She does that, she should be kicked down the front steps

henrybowman | May 30, 2021 at 11:09 am

If only the website had not been hacked to death, and if only UNC had checked with them first.

No, I’m kidding. Nobody needed a website to predict that Hannah-Jones was going to turn out to be a toxic, high-maintenance mess as an employee.

Halcyon Daze | May 30, 2021 at 12:29 pm

NHJ was certain she had secured her sinecure.

“As a black woman who has been making stuff up for 20 years …” Who does she think she is, Fauxci?

There’s a constitutional right to tenure? 🤔

    UJ in reply to hrhdhd. | May 30, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    When the “white supremacy” boogeyman is involved, all kinds of rights can be invented.

    Idonttweet in reply to hrhdhd. | May 31, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Exactly. Doesn’t filing suit begin from the premise that she was entitled to a tenured position in the first place?

Albigensian | May 30, 2021 at 7:22 pm

So let her sue: the school owes her nothing.

Although if she does I wouldn’t be surprised to see the school’s legal team settle. Because so many lawyers would prefer to minimize risk at any cost, and thus can’t seem to restrain themselves from shoving huge piles of cash at plaintiffs instead of making a strong case for their clients and presenting it in court.

This is one of those situations where you hope both defendant and plaintiff lose.

drsamherman | May 31, 2021 at 10:03 am

Her lawsuit doesn’t have much of a basis unless the terms of the endowment that created the position require that the holder be granted tenure upon appointment, or unless university policy does.

UNC got into this mess by having anything to do with that racist nitwit, and now they can battle it out in court or in the pretrial proceedings. UNC’s board can’t back down or they will have acknowledged they have no control over the university. H-J will not back down because she’s after money and publicity. I wish both parties UN-well. Play with fire and get burned.

    artichoke in reply to drsamherman. | May 31, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    I’d guess the academic weenies were able to get her fairly far along in this process, and when the trustees saw it, they called a halt to it.

    I do hope the trustees have the backbone to cram their decision down on the university employees (i.e. faculty) and show them that the voters and taxpayers, not the academic workers, run the university.

Discrimination? Show me a white professor who got tenure on the basis of the 1619 Project material or equally bad tripe.

UNC should welcome the opportunity to prove in court that she’s full of caca. The only problem is whether the legal team wants to fight and win, or whether it’s woke and wants Ms. Hannah-Jones to win.

She’s not being singled out Professors who write bogus, sloppy research often are denied tenure. She’s being treated exactly the way she’d be treated if she were a white professor who wrote bogus, sloppy research.