The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) reallocated money from a fund to encourage school attendance to pay New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, who created the ahistorical “1619 Project,” $50,000 for two lectures.
Through a public records request, Oregonians for Liberty in Education, a school advocacy group, learned that the state sent Jones “a total of $50,000 … using resources from Every Day Matters,” which is a program for students struggling with attendance. The records showed the education department was planning the two separate speeches by Hannah-Jones for seven months.
The taxpayer-funded events took place in May. Hannah-Jones discussed “reframing the black experience in America’s history” and systemic racism. Just a few months prior, the University of Oregon fleshed out $25,000 of taxpayer funding as well to host the writer.