Top UNC donor opposed hiring ‘1619 Project’ founder

Top UNC donor opposed hiring ‘1619 Project’ founder


A top UNC-Chapel Hill school of journalism donor and newspaper publisher staunchly opposed hiring controversial 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones, newly unearthed emails reveal.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publisher Walter Hussman Jr. — for whom the school is named — argued in 2019 that the move would expose the school to a lengthy backlash.

“I worry about the controversy of tying the UNC journalism school to the 1619 project,” Hussman wrote to top school brass, according to The Assembly.

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“I find myself more in agreement with Pulitzer prize winning historians likes James McPherson and Gordon Wood than I do Nikole Hannah-Jones.”

Amid ongoing questions about her reporting methodologies, the journalism school declined to offer tenure to Hannah-Jones this month and instead opted for a five-year teaching contract.

Author Nikole Hannah-Jones speaks on stage during the 137th Commencement at Morehouse College on May 16, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images The South Building is seen at The University of

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