1619 founder Nikole Hannah-Jones blasts media for racial bias after heavy Ukraine war coverage

Nikole Hannah-Jones was slammed online for her controversial remarks


                            1619 founder Nikole Hannah-Jones blasts media for racial bias after heavy Ukraine war coverage
Nikole Hannah-Jones speaks onstage at The Hollywood Reporter 2021 Power 100 Women in Entertainment, presented by Lifetime at Fairmont Century Plaza on December 08, 2021, in Los Angeles, California (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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The founder of 1619 has accused the media of only caring about “Europeans” because they are “White” as heavy coverage of the Ukraine warzone continues. Nikole Hannah-Jones took to Twitter to express her views in a series of posts.

The New York Times reporter wrote, “Every journalist covering Ukraine should really, really look internally. This is why I say we should stop pretending we have objectivity and in instead acknowledge our biases so that we can report against them. Many of us see the racialized analysis and language.”

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She also tweeted, “Honestly, these admissions of shock that this is happening in a European country are ahistorical and also serve to justify the lack of sympathy for other invasions, other occupations and other refugee crisis involving peoples not considered white,” before adding: “To be clear: We should care about Ukraine. But not because it is European, or the people appear white, or they are ‘civilized’ and not ‘impoverished.’ All people deserve to be free and to be welcomed when their countries are at war.”

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A view of Kyiv during a curfew in the early morning with steam from a heating plant on February 28, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Explosions and gunfire were reported around Kyiv on the second night of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has killed scores and prompted widespread condemnation from U.S. and European leaders. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)

In one of her tweets, Hannah-Jones noted: "What if I told you Europe is not a continent by definition, but a geopolitical fiction to separate it from Asia and so the alarm about a European, or civilized, or First World nation being invaded is a dog whistle to tell us we should care because they are like us.”

But the 45-year-old investigative journalist’s words were not taken kindly by  people on the internet as a user criticizing her wrote, “With us now is Nikole Hannah Jones, widely considered one of the worst historians of our time, to share with us her flawed analysis on the tragic situation playing out in Ukraine. Nikole, thank you for joining us. Please, in your own words, give us your worst take.” Another user commented, “??? Would it be better to ignore Ukraine to atone for racism in our history? Your point is worth discussing in the context of a journalism class in a University. Is it appropriate now? It looks a bit insensitive and like an opportunity to signal virtue.”

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Demonstrators rally in support of Ukraine outside of Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church on February 27, 2022 in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Several thousand people participated in the demonstration, one of many held worldwide since Russia invaded Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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A critic of her tweeted, “You calling yourself objective or a real journalist is hilarious. I stitched someone up one time, but don’t call myself a Dr.  But you are just another person that sounds off knowing your view will get clicks and make you money. You aren’t any different than Rush Limbaugh was.”

The second one said, “You don’t think the coverage is because it is two world powers with jets, tanks, etc…? Does media not cover Myanmar because they are black and or more likely due to their position on the world stage? Of course it’s racism and nothing else could it possibly be. Lol.” “Well, you describe yourself as a “reporter.”  Where are your products covering:  Ethiopia, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Burkina Faso, Rwanda….?  I literally could go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and……..but you don’t really care,” the third one added.

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People wait for a call to cross the passport control after arriving in a train from Kiev at the Przemysl main train station on February 27, 2022 in Przemysl, Poland. According to the Polish border guard latest report, more than 213, 000 people have crossed the border into Poland from Ukraine in the first four days of the Russian invasion. The Ukrainian government issued order to stop 18-60 year-old men legible for military conscription from crossing borders. On February 24, 2022 Russia began a large-scale attack on Ukraine, with Russian troops invading the country from the north, east and south, accompanied by air strikes and shelling. (Photo by Omar Marques/Getty Images)

A tweet read: “You should stop and examine your own motivations every now and then. You seem so caught up in the righteousness of your own world view that you haven’t stopped to consider how off the mark your recent tweets are.” Another tweet was “We are literally standing on the brink of nuclear annihilation and you're still obsessing about this crap. Putin counts on people like you to keep us weak, self hating and divided.  I'm surprised he isn't sending you a gratuity (or is he?).”

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