Nikole Hannah-Jones Announced On Tuesday she decided not to accept a tenured professor position at the University of North Carolina, an offer that only came after the initial refusal of the board to consider her application sparked outrage that spread far beyond the walls of the campus. “It is quite clear that my mandate was not assumed by political opposition, by discriminatory opinions against my points of view and I think my race and my gender,” said the winner. New York Times Magazine journalist and founder of Project 1619 told CBS ‘ Gayle King.
The UNC position that Hannah-Jones was offered for decades comes with the tenure, which was also the recommendation of the school’s journalism department. The break with precedent was followed by an apparent lack of urgency on the part of the school leadership to correct it until “the last possible day after the threat of legal action” and “weeks of protests,” it said Tuesday. “It’s something I don’t want anymore.”
Hannah-Jones said that she initially and quietly accepted the fixed five-year contract that her alma mater had, yielding to political interference from conservatives and a powerful donor, Arkansas Democratic Gazette editor Walter Hussman, Jr. offered him as an alternative to tenure at the time of appointment. “It was embarrassing” to be “the first and only black person in that position to be denied,” she told King, adding that “I didn’t want to drag my university through the pages of the newspapers.” But once the board’s actions were made public, in an article Per NC Policy Watch, the school’s handling of the denial only “confirmed my decision,” Hannah-Jones said in a statement. “Why would I want to teach at a university whose senior leadership chose to remain silent, refuse transparency, not publicly advocate being treated like any other Knight President before me? … These times demand courage, and those who have had the most power in this situation have exhibited the least. “
Hannah-Jones, by contrast, is accepting a tenured professorship at Howard University, where she will be the first Knight Chair in Race and Reporting. It will also create the Center for Journalism and Democracy, an effort focused on teaching students investigative skills. She joins the faculty alongside Howard’s former student (and Vanity fair contributing editor) Ta-Nehisi Coates, whose hiring for the College of Arts and Sciences was also announced Tuesday. The dual appointments and the new Center are supported by $ 20 million in foundation contributions and an unidentified donor. “At such a critical time for race relations in our country,” President Howard said Wayne AI Frederick saying On Tuesday, “it is vital that we understand the role of journalism in driving our national conversation and social progress.”
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