Boarding school scrubs Nicole Hannah Jones speech on backlash concerns
Nicole Hannah Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founder of Project 1619, said she was denied speaking at a private boarding school in Massachusetts during next black history month in February due to concerns about the reaction of people outside the school.
Hannah Jones tweeted on Monday that the elite Middlesex school in Concord had canceled her speech, sharing a statement saying she had been disqualified due to concerns about the “noise” associated with being a speaker.
“They were probably afraid to host me – [New York Times] Journalist and college professor—there, they were calling for backlash and other stories of “Awakes” destroying America,” Hannah Jones tweeted. “I’m fine. I’m done fighting my way through. But the lack of courage in these times is very sad.”
Middlesex school representatives did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment on Wednesday, but in a statement Boston Globe The school’s principal, David Beer, confirmed that Hannah Jones’ invitation to speak at the school was turned down.
“While we are confident that our students will appreciate her insights, we have been concerned that individuals outside of our community may be inadvertently distracted from the ideas and perspectives she intends to share,” said Pierre, apologizing for not reaching out to Hannah Jones in a “more formal way” about Her invitation was cancelled.
Hannah Jones told HuffPost on Wednesday that Pierre has not contacted her directly about the decision.
Ironically, just days ago, the Beare and Middlesex School Board of Trustees sent a “letter to the community” expressing a commitment to diversifying the school’s student and faculty and supporting debate and disagreement, even when “that letter may become uncomfortable.”
As an educational institution, we believe that the open exchange of perspectives is vital to student development and intellectual excellence. We believe that respectful discussion and disagreement is not only healthy, but the foundation upon which the learning community thrives.” Read the message.
Meanwhile, Middlesex School alumni have expressed disgust and anger at the decision to cancel Hannah Jones’ speech, with some saying daily monster It is not unusual for a school to suppress black voices.
“Middlesex is definitely a place with a lot of dress-up racism,” said Alexandra Jones, alumnus of 2019. “They often censor these kinds of conversations.”
Hannah Jones faced severe backlash for Project 1619, which examines the continuing legacy of slavery in the United States, accuses conservatives of the Long Project Journalism, first published in the New York Times Magazine before expanding to include podcasts, live events and a school curriculum, of Strengthening the racial divide.
Alma Hannah Jones, University of North Carolina, initially refused to be awarded her position as Knight Chief of Ethnic and Investigative Journalism Earlier this yearBecause of political objections to her work, she was presented to the school’s board of trustees.