The White House weighed in on Tuesday about 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones’s decision to turn down a tenure offer at the University of North Carolina and instead head to Howard University after long-simmering drama over a lifetime faculty appointment.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki praised Hannah-Jones by saying the students at Washington D.C.’s Howard University are “quite lucky” to have the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist join the faculty. Hannah-Jones announced her decision Tuesday to turn down a tenure offer in Chapel Hill following a controversial employment fight and called on the university to do better in its treatment of Black students and faculty.
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“Students at Howard are quite lucky to have her as a professor in their family,” Psaki said Tuesday when asked by a reporter whether Hannah-Jones’ treatment at UNC was an example of “systemic racism.”
Psaki said she had not personally talked to President Biden about Hannah-Jones’ decision to head to Howard, a historically black college and university (HBCU), but said Biden is committed to tackling systemic racism.
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