Nikole Hannah-Jones: Push to Ban 1619 Project from Being Taught in Schools 'Is Fundamentally a Free Speech Issue'

Nikole Hannah-Jones: Push to Ban 1619 Project from Being Taught in Schools 'Is Fundamentally a Free Speech Issue'


Monday on CNN’s “New Day,” New York Times writer and “1619 Project” creator Nikole Hannah-Jones sounded off on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leading a group of senators in calling on the Biden administration to withdraw the “1619 Project” from federal grant programs. McConnell, in a letter, described the curriculum as “politicized” and “divisive.”

According to Hannah-Jones, the call to ban the curriculum “is fundamentally a free speech issue.” She argued the 1619 Project’s aim is to “teach children the truth about what our country was based upon,” which is slavery and “legalized discrimination against black Americans.”

“I’d like to kind of reframe the question just a bit because this is fundamentally a free speech issue,” Hannah-Jones outlined. “If you look at the rhetoric of Senator McConnell and of state legislators all across the country that are trying to get bills passed to prohibit the teaching of the 1619 Project,

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