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UNC staffers slam school for treatment of Nikole Hannah-Jones

UNC staffers slam school for treatment of Nikole Hannah-Jones

Dozens of angry staff members from the University of North Carolina signed an online statement Tuesday following Nikole Hannah-Jones’ announcement she would be rejecting an offer of tenure — slamming its “humiliating” and “racist” treatment of the award-winning journalist.

The group of 41 educators from UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media said they are “not surprised” by Hannah-Jones’ decision.

“While disappointed, we are not surprised,” the letter read.

“We support Ms. Hannah-Jones’s choice. The appalling treatment of one of our nation’s most-decorated journalists by her own alma mater was humiliating, inappropriate, and unjust,” the pointed statement continued.

“We will be frank: It was racist.”

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, walkway crest.
Educators from UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media came out in support of Nikole Hannah-Jones’ decision, citing “humiliating, inappropriate, and unjust” treatment by UNC officials.
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The statement accused the university’s top leadership of creating a “crisis” over an “honest accounting” of America’s history.

“We regret that the top echelons of leadership at UNC-Chapel Hill failed to follow established processes, did not conduct themselves professionally and transparently, and created a crisis that shamed our institution, all because of Ms. Hannah-Jones’s honest accounting of America’s racial history,” the letter said.

The signatories also offered their “unconditional support” for those like Hannah-Jones who “have chosen to stay away or leave rather than serve an institution that repeatedly devalues, disregards, and degrades their perspectives, experiences, and contributions.”

Belltower of University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
The statement accused UNC’s top leadership of creating a “crisis” over an “honest accounting” of America’s history.
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