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Nikole Hannah-Jones, Creator of The 1619 Project, Reaches Settlement with UNC Chapel Hill

Alexandra Jane - Yesterday 10:18 AM

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has reached a settlement with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of the landmark 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones. In April of 2021, both parties made headlines after Hannah-Jones was denied a tenured position, instead being named the Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism at the university’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and offered a 5 year contract.
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“The steps taken to resolve the lingering potential legal action posed by Ms. Hannah-Jones will hopefully help to close this chapter and give the university the space to focus on moving forward,” David Boliek, chair of the university’s board of trustees, said in a statement.
While the chapter may be closed, according to the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., the settlement was for less than $75,000, and many believe Hannah-Jones is deserving of more.
Back in 2021 during the time of her original appointment, the acclaimed New York Times Magazine writer was criticized by conservatives who were intimidated by her involvement with the 1619 Project, which reexamined the history of American slavery and its legacy. University faculty, students, and academics outside of the institution quickly came to Hannah-Jones’ defense after the decision was made, but the professor had plans of her own.

Hannah-Jones told the university that she was considering legal action on the grounds of discrimination. Feeling the pressure to respond, the board of trustees decided to grant her tenure a month later. The damage however, had already been done. Hannah-Jones declined the reluctant offer, and joined the faculty of Howard University.
In a statement released on Saturday, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who represented Hannah-Jones, said that they “believe that the settlement is a victory for the right to free expression — a cornerstone of our democracy that has too frequently been infringed or ignored when claimed by Black people and people from other marginalized groups.”
“Ms. Hannah-Jones is grateful to have this matter behind her,” said Janai S. Nelson, the president and director-counsel of the Legal Defense Fund. “And she looks forward to continuing her professional work committed to using the power of investigative journalism to expose the truth about the manifestations of racism in our society and training the next generation of aspiring journalists to do the same at her academic home of Howard University.





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White people must not give a **** about their digital footprint, particularly this man from Mississippi who posted a video to Facebook of himself attempting to run over a couple of Black kids riding their bikes. He was also heard using racial slurs toward the kids. According to Tippah County News, he may face a felony charge.
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According to the video, obtained by Mississippi News Group, Mark Hall headed down a suburban road toward a group of teenagers riding their bikes in the street. You know, as typical kids do. Instead of just giving them a honk or saying “Get the hell out the way!” Mark kept driving at full speed and laughed “50 points!” behind the camera. The children dispersed to either side of the street to avoid getting hit.
“Stupid n****rs,” he said as he drove off. The circulation of the video sparked outrage in the neighborhood.

More on the incident from Action News 5:

“This is not tolerated anymore,” said parent Willie Hill. “We’re not brushing anything out of the rug. We’re not going to look the other way.”
“I moved out the way just in time,” said 15-year-old Carmello Thomas. “And then he just kept going and I saw him laugh.”
Thomas says this all happened Sunday afternoon while he and his friends were out riding bikes around their neighborhood.
The teens say the driver did hit one of their bikes.
“I think people like that should get what they deserve when they do stuff like this,” said parent Jimmy Brooks. “I don’t feel sorry for anyone who does stuff like this. And this community will not keep quiet about anything like that going on around here.”
Jimmy Brooks and other parents pressed charges against Hall. Reports say he’s been charged with nine counts of enhanced simple assault, one count for every teen he endangered. Ripley District Attorney Bart Adams told Tippah County News Hall might see an “enhancement” to his charges, meaning a hate crime felony charge.
“- A hate crime is not a separate charge. It’s an enhancement to the penalties of what the person is already charged with. We have to let the person know at the time they are being processed or our intention to seek that enhancement, and Mr. Hall has been notified that we are seeking that enhancement. All the parents have copies of the statutes and we’ve explained the process,” said Adams.





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