Friday, May 20, 2022

Nicole Hanna-Jones Gives The 1619 Project Critics The Tribute They Deserve To MLK

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicole Hanna-Jones has managed to give Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday the credit it deserves—and in the process cast a shadow over critics of Critical Race Theory.

On Monday, Hannah-Jones, best-selling author of The 1619 Project, posted a Twitter thread explaining that she was invited to give a speech about Dr. King, only to have a small number of members of the group host. she claimed that her presence dishonored the civil rights badge.

Hannah-Jones decided that the best answer would be to quote Dr. King exactly, reading extracts from his speeches without directly mentioning it.

“And, phew, child, that was AMAZING,” she said.

First, Hannah-Jones noted that King, like her, noted that “1619” was the year the first black slaves were brought to America against their will. She also said that she intentionally used the term “black” instead of “Negro”, as was customary during Dr. King, so that people could not establish communication before its exposure.

“When I revealed that everything I said up to that point was taken from his speeches between 56 and 67… Can you say SHOCK!” she tweeted.

Hannah-Jones said she told her audience that the real Dr. King cannot be whitewashed and that “the people who oppose today what he stood for then cannot be the arbiters of his legacy.”

Hannah-Jones declined to say where the speech was because she said her hosts were “very accommodating”. However, she emphasized that it was not at Northwestern University, where she is giving a speech next week.

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