Push Back Leads UNC to Back Off Full Tenure Post for ‘1619 Project’ Author

Nikole-Hannah Jones, (pictured) creator of the NY Times' 1619 Project speaks with Henry Louis Gates Jr. inside the Smith Campus Center. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

CHAPEL HILL – Nikole Hannah-Jones, the New York Times columnist and Woke Queen of made-up CRT history, will be offered a five year contract instead.

It could be a sign that, despite the Woke moment we’re all living in, the push back against dignifying such a radical with a taxpayer funded job for life was enough to make the university reconsider. Judging by the reaction of the Wokies so inspired by the hire in the first place, putting her through the tenure vetting process only to tank the offer isn’t exactly customary.

From the disappointed NC Policy Watch:

“[…] As Policy Watch reported last week, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media pursued Hannah-Jones for its Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism, a tenured professorship. But following political pressure from conservatives who object to her work on “The 1619 Project” for The New York Times Magazine, the school changed its plan to offer her tenure — which amounts to a career-long appointment. Instead, she will start July 1 for a fixed five-year term as Professor of the Practice, with the option of being reviewed for tenure at the end of that time period.

“It’s disappointing, it’s not what we wanted and I am afraid it will have a chilling effect,” said Susan King, dean of UNC Hussman. […]

Last summer, Hannah-Jones went through the rigorous tenure process at UNC, King said. Hannah-Jones submitted a package King said was as well reviewed as any King had ever seen. Hannah-Jones had enthusiastic support from faculty and the tenure committee, with the process going smoothly every step of the way — until it reached the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.

The board reviews and approves tenure applications. It chose not to take action on approving Hannah-Jones’s tenure.

“I’m not sure why and I’m not sure if that’s ever happened before,” King said. […]”

Perhaps it’s because, unlike the Woke faculty and star struck faculty, the board of trustees actually contains a modicum of diversity. Not of race, or gender, but of thought.

Meaning there was someone to dare object to the tenuring of a influencer whose career is based on a morally suspect and extremely divisive ideology. And thank goodness for at least a pause to consider anything other than full bore Wokification of our flagship public university. North Carolina is hardly a deep blue state, the Left’s best efforts notwithstanding.

Having even one voice representing those that might cringe at such an offer to the likes of Hannah-Jones is a welcome sign amid a scourge of Woke conformity among the education sector. Still, it likely took some courage to even hesitate for a moment in bowing to the Woke takeover. Anything less than full embrace of this cultural phenomenon can get one ostracized or worse very quickly.

To that point, Dean Susan King demonstrates the astounding bubble these people are living in when lamenting, “[…] I’m afraid this will have a chilling effect.”

She says this in all seriousness, with zero sense of irony, as conservative, traditional, and even factual speech and/or activism is snuffed left and right, and at a university where conservative, or even moderate non-Woke professors likely have to hide their opinions for fear of reprisal.

A chilling effect on the out of control blaze of Woke thought purification spreading across the country at break-neck pace is the least we could hope for.

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