By a 9-4 vote, the UNC-CH Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to grant tenure to reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones for her new job at the University’s Journalism School.
Here are some thoughts. First, we repeat the question “Why did the UNC-CH trustees think it was a good idea to bring such an inflammatory lightning rod activist to their campus in the first place?
Having decided it was a good idea to have Ms. Hannah-Jones in Chapel Hill, the trustees made a proposal that she would come to UNC on a five-year, fixed term contract as a professor with a $180,000 salary paid by NC taxpayers – and still keep her job at the New York Times, according to the News and Observer.
Now, after weeks of threats, protests and demonstrations, the students at UNC have learned a valuable lesson: that you can intimidate supposedly reasonable people and get your way if you are loud enough, bold enough and make a big enough scene.
So unless Ms. Hannah-Jones decides otherwise, it looks like she’s coming down to UNC for her lucrative part-time job.
With Ms. Hannah-Jones moonlighting in Chapel Hill, she’ll likely stir up a continuous campaign of divisiveness and intimidation in North Carolina. She surely will be a welcomed champion for the radical Left in the state – who lost their leader when Rev. William Barber left for the national scene.
She’ll serve an important purpose. Like AOC and her Squad in Congress, vociferous spokespeople like Ms. Hannah-Jones, with their outlandish claims and outrageous statements, help clarify for the common-sense, middle-class, silent majority what is prudent, wise and sensible when they realize how far-fetched and absurd the radical Left’s theories and proposals really are.
So we welcome Ms. Hannah-Jones. Now that she’s all tenured up – come on down.