Nikole Hannah-Jones lashes out at critics throughout MSNBC ‘racial therapeutic’ townhall: ‘I am glad they’re scared’

1619 Undertaking founder Nikole Hannah-Jones fired again at critics of her racial politics, claiming that the “backlash” in opposition to her was pushed by particular pursuits who profit from division.

Hannah-Jones stated her biggest honor was the “backlash” in opposition to the 1619 Undertaking as a result of “the reality makes highly effective individuals on this nation very scared. And I’m glad they’re scared.” 

The “reality,” in accordance with Hannah-Jones, is an America constructed on slavery

“If we acknowledge what this nation was really constructed upon, if we acknowledge that the explanation that black People dwell within the circumstances we do shouldn’t be due to our pathology, however due to a rustic that was erected actually on extracting wealth from us, then we have now to do one thing about it,” Hannah-Jones stated at a city corridor in New Orleans on Tuesday.

MSNBC hosted the occasion, calling it a “Nationwide Day of Racial Therapeutic.” 

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New York Occasions author Nikole Hannah-Jones has argued slavery was a central a part of the founding of america. 
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MSNBC host Chris Hayes kicked off the assembly with a nod to the Native American tribes who lived in New Orleans. 

“We need to acknowledge, thank and honor the indigenous peoples for whom this a part of the world has lengthy been house. Just like the Chitimacha, the Choctaw, the Houma and so many others.”

He additionally claimed that MSNBC was “drawing on the indigenous apply of therapeutic circles.” The occasion was performed in a round house. 

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Nikole Hannah-Jones created the 1619 Project. 

Nikole Hannah-Jones created the 1619 Undertaking. 
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The New York Occasions author argued that racial divisions stemmed from dangerous historical past. 

“The issue is we’re all taught this historical past so poorly,” she stated, citing the racial historical past of Asian and African People. 

“We do have these suspicions of one another,” she stated. 

However she finally blamed entrenched curiosity teams within the U.S. for dividing Asian and African People and conserving them from uniting. 

“There are highly effective pursuits that don’t need us to know that historical past, that don’t need us to know our widespread battle. So we’re over right here preventing for crumbs and respect whereas the hierarchy is maintained and stays in place.” 

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New York Times writer and 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones participated in an MSNBC townhall on "racial healing."

New York Occasions author and 1619 Undertaking creator Nikole Hannah-Jones participated in an MSNBC townhall on “racial therapeutic.”
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Hannah-Jones grew to become a darling of the media after she began the controversial 1619 Undertaking, tracing the origin of america to the four-hundredth anniversary of the start of slavery, a declare that has been disputed by different journalists

Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize successful journalist, additionally introduced Dec. 15 {that a} Hulu adaptation of her work will quickly be a “six-part docuseries.” 

Hannah-Jones is partnering with speak present host Oprah Winfrey on the streaming undertaking, in accordance with Deadline.

Fox Information’ Alexander Corridor contributed to this report. 

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