Hannah-Jones has had enough. According to a statement, the would-be UNC chair is no more after the scandal the school pulled resulting in the intense backlash and threats that followed.
“I have decided that instead of fighting to prove I belong at an institution that until 1955 prohibited Black Americans from attending, I am instead going to work in the legacy of a university not built by the enslaved but for those who once were,” the award-winning journalist wrote in a lengthy statement about the decision.
“I cannot imagine working at and advancing a school named for a man who lobbied against me, who used his wealth to influence the hires and ideology of the journalism school, who ignored my 20 years of journalism experience, all of my credentials, all of my work, because he believed that a project that centered Black Americans equaled the denigration of white Americans,” she continued in the seething statement.
“Nor can I work at an institution whose leadership permitted this conduct and has done nothing to disavow it.”