Nikole Hannah-Jones: Anti-CRT Coverage Is ‘Propaganda Campaign’
The ban is linked to the backlash of critical race theory.
âIt has always been a propaganda campaign,â Project 1619 creator Nikole Hannah-Jones said of CRT’s Sunday media coverage in âReliable Sourcesâ. “It was designed to get suburban whites to the polls for Republicans and to some extent it was successful.”
âClearly, there was an attempt just before the cross-year election to stoke concerns about race and the way it is taught,â CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said.
Hannah-Jones said race is America’s oldest wedge issue, and it still works in politics.
“A project that seeks, from a journalistic point of view, to force us to tackle our history cannot be responsible for bad faith actors who decide they are going to stir up resentment among whites,” Hannah said. Jones.
Project 1619 launched in 2019 as an ongoing New York Times Magazine initiative that aims to place the consequences of slavery and the experiences of black Americans “at the very center of our national narrative.” Hannah Jones said that regardless of one’s opinion on the project, there should be concerns about bans on the subject.
“(We should be) opposed to state efforts to restrict the teaching of ideas because politicians don’t like them,” Hannah-Jones said.
The children’s book also serves as the origin story for black children descended from American slaves.
âBlack Americans, because of slavery, don’t know what country in Africa they are from,â Hannah-Jones said. “And it’s a very humbling experience for a child.”