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And that is that steps forward, steps towards racial progress, are always met with an intensive backlash, that we are a society that willfully does not want to deal with the anti-Blackness that is at the core of so many of our institutions and really our society itself.
I think that we are in a very frightening time, people who are much, much smarter than me, who have studied this much, much longer than I have are ringing the alarm.
Now, in an attempt to say, ‘Well, we're going to treat both political parties equally’ when we clearly have, in this moment, one political party that is passing anti-democratic policies, that is upholding people with authoritarianism ideas.
Now The New York Times has an education division, The New York Times regularly turned its journalism into curriculum, as did The Pulitzer Center, who we ultimately partnered with. They are constantly turning works of journalism into curriculum.
When the governor or the candidate said that he didn't think parents should be deciding what's being taught in school, he was panned for that, but that's just the fact. This is why we send our children to school and don't home school, because these are the professional educators who have the expertise to teach social studies, to teach history, to teach science, to teach literature, and I think we should leave that to the educators. Yes, we should have some say but school is not about simply confirming our worldview. Schools should teach us to question they should teach us how to think, not what to think.
And I don't really understand this idea that parents should decide what's being taught. I'm not a professional educator. I don't have a degree in social studies or science. We send our children to school because we want them to be taught by people who have an expertise in the subject area. And that is not my job, when the, when the governor or the candidate said that he didn't think parents should be deciding what's being taught in school, he was panned for that. But that's just the fact. This is why we send our children to school and don't homeschool, because these are the professional educators who have the expertise to teach social studies, to teach history, to teach science, to teach literature. And I think we should leave that to the educators.
This year, to me, is just reflective of what I’ve always understood about this country, and that is that steps forward, steps towards racial progress, are always met with an intensive backlash. That we are a society that willfully does not want to deal with the anti-Blackness that is at the core of so many of our institutions and really our society itself.
A project that is seeking, journalistically, to force us to grapple with our history can not be responsible for bad faith actors deciding they are going to whip up white resentment.
( We should be) opposed to efforts by the state to restrict the teaching of ideas because politicians don't like them.
Black Americans, because of slavery, don't know what country in Africa they came from, and that's a very demeaning experience for a child.
I wanted to send a powerful message, or what I hope to be a powerful message, that we’re often treated like we should be lucky that these institutions let us in, but we don’t have to go to those institutions if we don’t want to.
I don't want to force Nikole Hannah-Jones into an institution that doesn't seem to appreciate what I bring.
I've been trying to prove Nikole Hannah-Jones in predominantly white historically white institutions my entire life, i don't have anything else to prove.
These last few weeks have been very dark, to be treated so shabbily by my alma mater, by a university that has given me so much and which I only sought to give back to, has been deeply painful.
Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates are at a critical juncture in Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates democracy, and yet Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates press does not reflect the nation it serves and too often struggles to grasp the danger for Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates country as Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates see growing attacks on free speech and the fundamental right to vote, in the storied tradition of the Black press, the Center for Journalism and Democracy will help produce journalists capable of accurately and urgently covering the challenges of our democracy with a clarity, skepticism, rigor and historical dexterity that is too often missing from today's journalism.
Reparations for African Americans are based on paying restitution for 250 years of slavery followed by 100 years of racial apartheid, which we often call Jim Crow. So it's really an attempt to address both the moral harm, and the crime that slavery and Jim Crow were, but also the wealth gap that was created by both of these institutions.
I would certainly say that in my lifetime, I've never seen the issue of reparations being taken as seriously as it is now, it has been considered a fringe issue, kind of a radical issue and one that you would not see talked about in kind of middle-of-the-road politics, but that has changed.
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