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FIRST ON FOX: New York Times Magazine Project 1619 author Nikole Hannah Jones said Saturday that Harvard University’s $100 million pledge to try to atone for its historic ties to slavery is “very low.”
Hannah-Jones made the comments during the National Antiracist Book Festival, organized by Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research.
Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow in a Washington Post opinion piece co-authored with President of the Harvard Presidential Initiative and the Legacy of Slavery and Harvard University Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin , announced Tuesday that the Ivy League college will spend $100 million to study its ties to slavery, including a donation “to support these efforts in perpetuity.”
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The funding will also support addressing “continuing inequalities – tangible legacies of slavery – that affect communities across the United States and the Caribbean, to which New England’s slave economies were closely linked,” the duo said.
The report did not recommend direct financial reparations.
“We are not naive. This is an era of deep social divisions, and we know that our efforts can be met with criticism and cynicism. Some will belittle revelations of involvement in slavery and insist that attempts to remedy past wrongs are unnecessary. Others, devoted to specific forms of reparation, such as one-time reparations payments, will argue that any other approach is insufficient,” predicted Bacow and Brown-Nagin.
Hannah-Jones did just that on Saturday at the Boston University event.
“Well, um, you didn’t ask that, but the $100 million that Harvard has set aside, you know, is good, but it’s very low,” Hannah-Jones said.
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During the same panel on Saturday, Hannah-Jones also said that Republicans are a “white party” that “understands[s] that they really can’t win elections with majorities.”
“And in this country, we have a rapid demographic shift taking place where Republicans understand that they can’t actually win elections with majorities because they’re essentially a white party and the Democrats are a party that actually represents the majority of Americans, which is the plurality of white voters. and most voters of all other races, that these two things go hand in hand,” said Hannah-Jones.
Hannah-Jones is best known for her work on The New York Times Magazine Project 1619, which was criticized for supposedly counting inaccurate parts of the story, such as the claim that “one of the main reasons the colonists decided to declare their independence from Great Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery”.
The Times later corrected the essay to read: “…one of the main reasons why some of the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery.”
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Hannah-Jones recently released a book based on Project 1619, which topped both bestseller lists. amazon and The New York Times newspaper. There is also a children’s version of booktitled “The 1619 Project: Born in the Water”.
Fox News reached out to Harvard University for comment.