NYT "1619 Project" founder called whites “barbaric devils,” “bloodsuckers” in resurfaced 1995 letter

by Peter Heck · Jun 26th, 2020 9:26 am

Last Updated Jun 28th, 2020 at 10:04 pm

New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones is facing a new round of scrutiny after a racist letter to the editor she wrote in 1995 has surfaced online. The author, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her work on the Times' "1619 Project," penned the letter for Notre Dame's The Observer.

In it, Hannah-Jones concluded, "the white race is the biggest murderer, rapist, pillager, and thief of the modern world."

While the letter made frequent reference to the alleged sins of white explorers and settlers from Europe, which she called "acts of devils," her condemnation of white people was anything but confined to past centuries.

"The descendants of these savage people pump drugs and guns into the Black community, pack Black people into the squalor of segregated urban ghettos and continue to be bloodsuckers in our community," she writes.

The letter, which equates the actions of white people to Hitler, also claims that Africans were working in harmony alongside indigenous people in America centuries before Europeans arrived to instigate, "the destruction and enslavement of two races of people."

Hannah-Jones concluded her controversial letter by saying that she does not hate white people despite "everything those barbaric devils did," asserting that the actions of whites is motivated by a power complex.

"I understand that because of some lacking, they needed to constantly prove their superiority."

Though it won a Pulitzer Prize, Hannah-Jones' 1619 Project faced criticism from historians and academics who highlighted a number of factual errors and historical inaccuracies in the essay. Eventually the author admitted the blunders and called the corrections "important."

Three weeks ago, Hannah-Jones was forced to defend her provocative claim that the destruction of private property during the unfolding race riots, "is not violence."


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