NPR gives a each day speak present referred to as Recent Air out of WHYY-FM in Philadelphia. Its leftist tilt is famous, and the legend was strongly underlined on Wednesday with an extremely servile interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones, organizer of the “1619 Mission” agitprop at The New York Occasions.

As a substitute of being interviewed by the common (white) host Terry Gross, the fawning questions got here from Arun Venugopal, a race-and-gender specialist at WNYC, one other NPR affiliate.

There are 15 questions provided over 36 minutes, and each single one in every of them is sort of a tongue bathtub, or a kiss on the cheek. However earlier than the questions, conservatives are slammed within the introduction: 

VENUGOPAL: There was additionally a backlash by conservatives who vowed to maintain The 1619 Mission out of school rooms, in addition to by some historians who challenged sure assertions. However many college students throughout the nation have embraced the concepts contained within the undertaking, together with Black college students. Arterah Griggs, a Black pupil in Chicago, felt that the undertaking helped her understand one thing. We have been the Founding Fathers, she mentioned.

That transient admission of “some historians” difficult Hannah-Jones was the one miniscule be aware on the history-mangling within the 1619 Mission. The opening questions have been easy: 

What was it you got down to do with [the new book] The 1619 Mission: A New Origin Story?

….This yr, 1619, that is now acquainted to so many Individuals thanks largely to your undertaking is one thing you’ve got personally sat with and thought of because you have been fairly younger, is not it?

….You inform us in your guide that you simply went to this public highschool in Waterloo, Iowa, and also you managed to take this class with Mr. Ray Dial referred to as the African American Expertise, which, to me, it seems like a reasonably progressive college. Was it?

Then got here extra on the conservative “backlash.” 

VENUGOPAL: So let’s speak concerning the backlash which is actually on the middle of a a lot bigger try and suppress the educating of American historical past in a unvarnished discussion board to school-going children. In July 2020, you be aware within the guide, a outstanding U.S. senator, Tom Cotton, launched a invoice referred to as the Saving American Historical past Act, which sought to strip federal funding from public colleges educating The 1619 Mission. And we must always bear in mind this is similar Tom Cotton who referred to as for an amazing present of drive by federal troops to quell the Black Lives Matter protests final yr. He mentioned this in a New York Occasions op-ed that was instantly excoriated fairly publicly by workers of The New York Occasions and which led to the resignation of the editor of The New York Occasions editorial web page. I am simply questioning, do you see the protests within the wake of the killing of George Floyd and this backlash to educating American historical past as intertwined?

NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES: Completely. The 1619 Mission is particularly banned from being taught in Florida, in Texas and in different states by identify. After which, in fact, there are various extra states which have now handed or are contemplating these bigger, rather more obscure, anti-critical race principle legal guidelines, which I might argue are anti-history and reminiscence legal guidelines.

Venugopal additionally requested if the phrase “woke” is ruined: “Critics of The 1619 Mission or, for that matter, a variety of – critics of a variety of anti-racist work might need used a time period like social justice warriors as a time period of disparagement. However now they’re extra more likely to name progressives woke. Tom Cotton mentioned The Occasions is run by a woke mob. In response to all this, Joel Anderson of Slate, who’s himself Black, argues that woke has turn out to be a racial slur. Do you suppose he is proper?”

She mentioned the phrase “woke” is lazy, and now a “canine whistle.” 

Venugopal additionally implied conservatives would encourage violence towards her: “There’s a lot animus, not simply towards The 1619 Mission, however towards you personally. Can you stroll outdoors and simply go about your life with the sensation of security?” Not less than she mentioned sure.

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