New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, whose controversial "The 1619 Project" claimed that "one of the primary reasons" the American colonists revolted against Britain was to preserve slavery – a claim quickly rebuked by historians, forcing Jones into a retraction – has landed in controversy again.
In an interview with CBS News, Hannah-Jones suggested that the looting and rioting taking place on the streets of American cities "is not violence."
"Violence is when an agent of the state kneels on a man's neck until all of the life is leached out of his body," Hannah-Jones said. "Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence. To use the same language to describe those two things is not moral."
Hannah-Jones went further in defending the looting, saying that while "any reasonable person" would ordinarily discourage destroying other people's property, "these are not reasonable times."
When her comments began to make the news cycle, Hannah-Jones quickly lashed out at those reporting her words as attempting to "silence black journalists."
The claim by Hannah-Jones, who describes herself as "The Beyoncé of Journalism," confused many, since news entities were repeating her actual words.