‘I’m glad that they’re scared’: Nikole Hannah-Jones has bizarre take on critics of ‘1619 Project’

If you think a panel of race-baiters joined by a token apologist sounds like the setup for a joke, then you’re all set to hear “1619 Project” founder Nikole Hannah-Jones’ take on how she has critics because her detractors are “very scared.”

(Video: MSNBC)

In case MSNBC hosting a “National Day of Racial Healing” event co-hosted by Joy Reid wasn’t enough of a spoiler warning, the town hall panel being headlined by Hannah-Jones would be enough to clue you in that some racially charged division was coming in hot. Sure enough, deeming herself an arbiter of truth, the investigative journalist, (pronounced race hustler) made certain to dive right into her previously discredited claims.

“If we acknowledge what this country was actually built upon, if we acknowledge that the reason that black Americans live in the circumstances we do is not because of our pathology, but because of a country that was erected literally on extracting wealth from us,” Hannah-Jones contended, “then we have to do something about it.”

As she went on, the celebrity activist added some new flavor as she accused critics of her revisionist history, which she had previously admitted was a “narrative,” of only calling her out because they were afraid of “the truth.”

“The backlash that I have experienced, which as you know has been everything from the former president of the United States; to sitting senators; to governors trying to legislate against the project; to personal threats, to me is probably my greatest honor because what that means is the truth makes powerful people in this country very scared and I’m glad that they’re scared,” Hannah-Jones said with an abrupt laugh to a round of applause.

She wasn’t alone in laughing as viewers called out her non-sense on social media.

Hannah-Jones, whose “1619 Project” is set to premiere as a documentary series on Hulu, didn’t stop there with accusations as she also alleged, “The problem is we’re all taught this history so poorly.”

“We do have these suspicious of each other,” she added and also stated, “There are powerful interests that don’t want us to understand that history, that don’t want us to understand our common struggle. So we’re over here fighting for crumbs and respect while the hierarchy is maintained and stays in place.”

If those remarks weren’t enough to solidify the caliber of discussion that was had in front of a live audience broadcasting from New Orleans, Louisiana, note that Reid’s co-host Chris Hayes prostrated himself to get the evening going by declaring, “We want to acknowledge, thank and honor the indigenous peoples for whom this part of the world has long been home. Like the Chitimacha, the Choctaw, the Houma and so many others,” before claiming their circular space on stage was “drawing on the indigenous practice of healing circles.”


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