Top UNC-Chapel Hill Candidate Turns Down Job Because the University Chose White Supremacy Over Nikole Hannah-Jones

It looks like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is finding out the hard way that bending to white fragility can come at a cost.

Protesters Vanessa Amankwaa, a graduate student; Michelle Itano, an assistant professor; and Betty Curry hold signs outside a UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees meeting.

Ever since Nikole Hannah-Jones was denied a tenured position at her alma mater because conservatives across America went to war against her Pulitzer Prize-winning work The 1619 Project—including a rich and fragile white UNC donor who took issue with the teaching of history from a Black perspective instead of more white history in a sea of white history curriculum—the outpouring of support for the famed journalist has been overwhelming. Hell, more than 250 renowned activists and other public figures signed a letter declaring that they “stand in solidarity” with Hannah-Jones.

Nikole Hannah-Jones received an honorary degree from Morehouse College on May 16 in recognition of her work with the 1619 Project. Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, received a Knight Chair professorship at the University of North Carolina but has been denied the customary tenure by the board of trustees. (MARCUS INGRAM/GETTY IMAGES)

Now, UNC-Chapel Hill’s chemistry department is complaining that, due to the school’s bowing to white nationalist nonsense, the department has lost a top candidate it worked damn hard to get on staff because the candidate also stands with Hannah-Jones.

HuffPost reports that more than 30 faculty members from the university’s chemistry department sent a letter to UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz decrying the loss of Lisa Jones, “a world-renowned chemist who withdrew her candidacy for a job at UNC over the school’s refusal to grant Hannah-Jones tenure,” according to the Post…

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