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Gag: ABC Sympathizes With 1619 Challenge Creator as Unfairly Maligned ‘Messenger’ of ‘Reality’

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Nikole Hannah-Jones was given yet another opportunity by the media at this time to smear her critics and keep away from taking blame for her traditionally inaccurate “1619 Challenge.” On ABC’s Good Morning America Monday, co-anchor Robin Roberts did harm management for the New York Instances journalist-activist, praising her as an unfairly maligned messenger of “reality.”

Roberts touted Hannah-Jones’s credibility to arrange her softball interview: “We’re joined now by one of the vital dynamic and vocal journalists at this time. Nikole Hannah-Jones, received the Pulitzer Prize for The 1619 Challenge for the New York Instances Journal. She’s a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, and she or he is a dialog starter,” she stated. 

From there, GMA was fastened on repairing the 1619 Challenge writer’s fame which started with Hannah-Jones blaming dropping her struggle for tenure at UNC on racism. That victimhood theme continued whereas discussing her essay-turned-book.

Roberts praised Hannah-Jones for “addressing” “some constructive criticism from the unique guide,” by including endnotes for sourcing. However Roberts didn’t truly current any of these criticisms to viewers, or to Hannah-Jones, to reply. As an alternative Roberts referred to as Jones a persecuted image of “reality:”

Folks — there are a lot of individuals who take a look at you they usually say, you’re a image of illustration, of energy and reality, however you understand you might have your critics as effectively. How can we have now as a nation, a dialogue about race that strikes the dialogue ahead? 

Viewers unfamiliar with the journalist can be shocked to study that this “image of reality” didn’t simply add extra particulars to her work however fudged facts to favor her ahistorical agenda. 5 historians wrote a letter to the Instances’ editor objecting to main false claims made by the “1619 Challenge”, corresponding to its defective premise that the colonists wished independence from Britain to protect slavery. 

However Hannah-Jones was allowed as a substitute to sentence her critics as allergic to the reality:

“I feel one, you need to start with the reality. A lot of the assaults towards The 1619 Challenge and what we’re seeing as legal guidelines which might be making an attempt to cease the educating of extra correct histories are as a result of we’ve not wished to confront the reality on this nation,” she argued, referring to anti-Important Race Idea protests from mother and father in school board conferences.

Roberts did her finest to current her visitor as a journalist passionate in regards to the reality and telling American historical past, whereas her critics have been making an attempt to cover historical past. 

ROBERTS: And that’s why you wished it in faculties. You were not anticipating this. When the 1619 Challenge got here out, many colleges added it to their curriculum. There have been mother and father and others that objected to that.

HANNAH-JONES: Sure. 

ROBERTS: Why is it necessary for younger individuals specifically to study American historical past? 

In actuality, Hannah-Jones incessantly reveals off how little of historical past she appears to truly know, corresponding to her latest dangerously false claims in regards to the Hiroshima A-bomb. She’s additionally a professed lover of socialism, and “free and equal” communist Cuba, which calls into query how unbiased she will be in retelling the story of America.

She even admitted right here and elsewhere, that her retelling of American historical past is influenced by at this time’s narratives on race. 

As ABC performed pictures of Black Lives Matter protesters on display, Hannah-Jones opined, “I feel kids are — they can perceive complicated tales and nuanced histories and it’s empowering to truly be taught a historical past that displays the nation that we see.” She added, “[W]hen you take a look at the world and also you see the entire polarization and the entire stress, these narratives we have discovered do not clarify that, however while you give kids that context of American historical past, it’s empowering for them to exit into the world.” So mainly, she’s justifying rewriting historical past to make sense of her personal trendy, political beliefs.

The sympathetic interview culminated with the ABC anchor worrying in regards to the “toll” placed on Hannah- Jones.

Typically the messenger is attacked. How have you ever dealt with all that?” Roberts fawned. 

If ABC ever took a take a look at Hannah-Jones’ Twitter, they’d see simply how thin-skinned the journalist is to criticism.

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Good Morning America

11/15/21

ROBIN ROBERTS: We’re joined now by one of the vital dynamic and vocal journalists at this time. Nikole Hannah-Jones, received the Pulitzer Prize for “The 1619 venture” for the New York Instances Journal. She’s a Macarthur Genius Grant recipient, and she or he is a dialog starter. She’s now out with a model new guide and it is referred to as “The 1619 venture: A brand new origin story, increasing the unique groundbreaking work of journalism.” So good to see you once more. How are you doing? Feeling good? 

ROBERTS:  I can’t wait to speak extra about it, however I do wish to say this. I wish to discover out what is going on on at Howard proper now as a result of lots of people bear in mind in the beginning of the 12 months, you have been initially denied tenure at your Alma mater, North Carolina. You determined to go onto Howard the place you’re the chair of race and journalism. What did you study from that have, and the way are issues going at Howard? 

HANNAH-JONES: Properly, what I discovered is one, that you are able to do the entire issues that we’re informed we’re to do to achieve success, and in the long run, as a black lady, you may nonetheless be denied, and that we have now to take these moments and use these moments to train our energy, and to say that we’ll be accountable for our personal future, and that is what I made a decision to do with Howard, and I am simply so excited and honored to be there. 

ROBERTS: Sure, and I do know that you just’re enthusiastic about this guide proper right here. Initially, for people who will not be acquainted, inform them in regards to the significance and the significance of the 12 months 1619. 

HANNAH JONES: Sure. So 1619 is the 12 months that the primary Africans have been bought into the British colony of Virginia. So we actually mark that as the start of African slavery which in fact, would final for 250 years within the nation that will grow to be the US, and so it is vital as a result of it is one of many oldest establishments in America, and but we have typically handled it as if it is type of marginal to the American story, and naturally, we argue within the guide that slavery and its legacy is central to each our historical past and the nation that we’re at this time. 

ROBERTS: And you actually broaden upon it since you acquired some constructive criticism from the unique guide. You addressed that, and added a lot extra. So what can individuals anticipate with this new work? 

HANNAH-JONES: Sure. So the brand new work, all the unique essays as you have stated, have been expanded. We’ve finish notes now so individuals can truly see the place our – supply supplies are, and the place we obtained the information which might be within the guide, after which there are eight new essays by a few of the best historians dwelling within the nation at this time masking a variety of subjects, and we have now doubled the poetry and fiction that was within the guide. There’s stunning archival pictures within the guide. So I simply actually hope individuals will come to it with an open thoughts, and I feel individuals might be actually astounded by the entire issues they’re going to study from the guide, and the way in which that we join the guide with the society we reside in now. 

ROBERTS: Yeah as I stated, you actually expanded it, and there are the sourcing of it so individuals know the place it’s. Folks — there are a lot of individuals who take a look at you they usually say, you’re a image of illustration, of energy and reality, however you understand you might have your critics as effectively. How can we have now as a nation, a dialogue about race that strikes the dialogue ahead? 

HANNAH JONES: I feel one, you need to start with the reality. A lot of the assaults towards “The 1619 venture” and what we’re seeing as legal guidelines which might be making an attempt to cease the educating of extra correct histories are as a result of we’ve not wished to confront the reality on this nation. The reality is commonly painful, however it’s in confronting that, that we’re capable of truly heal and transfer on. So I feel individuals have to come back with an open thoughts. We’ve to come back with vulnerability. We’ve to come back with, I feel, actually an understanding that we do not know every thing that there’s to know, and many people have been taught this historical past actually poorly, and that we’re not accountable personally for what occurred prior to now. However we’re accountable for studying about it and studying from it, and making an attempt to do higher proper now. 

ROBERTS: And that’s why you wished it in faculties. You were not anticipating this. When the “The 1619 Challenge” got here out, many colleges added it to their curriculum. There have been mother and father and others that objected to that.

HANNAH-JONES: Sure. 

ROBERTS: Why is it necessary for younger individuals specifically to study American historical past? 

HANNAH-JONES: Completely. I speak about within the preface that I first got here throughout the date 1619 in a black research elective that I took after I was 16 years outdated and simply having that small window open to this complete world of historical past that I did not know modified my complete life, and so I feel kids are — they can perceive complicated tales and nuanced histories and it’s empowering to truly be taught a historical past that displays the nation that we see. [BLM protesters shown on screen] So I feel that it is so necessary for younger individuals. I’ve an 11-year-old daughter. 

ROBERTS: Proper. 

HANNAH-JONES: She will perceive this, and while you take a look at the world and also you see the entire polarization and the entire stress, these narratives we have discovered do not clarify that, however while you give kids that context of American historical past, it’s empowering for them to exit into the world. 

ROBERTS: It has taken a toll. Glad you are doing effectively. Typically the messenger is attacked. How have you ever dealt with all that? 

HANNAH-JONES:  Relies on the day. Relies on the day. It is arduous to grow to be an emblem. I am an emblem for individuals who love me. I am an emblem for individuals who hate me, however I am only a human being. I care deeply about this work. It means rather a lot to me. So there have been some low moments, however the type of astounding help for the venture lifts me up as a result of I do know that so many Individuals, they do need a greater understanding of our nation, and they’re open to studying new issues. 

ROBERTS: And also you do give us a greater understanding. Nikole, thanks a lot. It is nice to see you. I would like everybody to know “The 1619 Challenge” the brand new origin story is out tomorrow, alongside together with the companion kids’s guide, “Born on the Water.” It is up there on our Jumbotron.