1619 Project author says WWII generation is ‘brutally oppressed black people’

Chris Wallace had a heated exchange with 1619 Project author and New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, who told him that the generation that fought in World War II had “brutally oppressed” black people.

Hannah-Jones, who said the US is a country “founded on racism,” was rebuffed by Wallace in response to her claim that the “greatest generation” who fought in World War II “brutally suppressed democracy ‘ by denying African Americans the right to vote in the United States.

During his broadcast on CNN+, Wallace read a passage from The 1619 Project — the controversial, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series in which Jones and others argue that America’s founding was based on a desire to end slavery to preserve.

“If it weren’t for the idealistic, strenuous, and patriotic efforts of black Americans, our democracy today would most likely look very different. It may not be a democracy at all,” Wallace read.

“We like to call those who lived during World War II the Greatest Generation, but that allows us to ignore the fact that many of this generation fought for democracy abroad while brutally suppressing democracy for millions of American citizens .”

The former Fox News Sunday host then turned to Hannah-Jones and asked: “Again, I am in no way belittling our terrible racial heritage. But you’re not exaggerating about some of those things?”

Wallace, the former Fox News Sunday anchor, contradicted Wallace's claim that the generation fought in World War II "brutally suppressed" Black.
Wallace, the former anchor of Fox News Sunday, contradicted Wallace’s claim that the generation that fought in World War II “brutally oppressed” black people.

Hannah-Jones disagreed: “When you have half the country — where there are majorities in some states, pluralities in many other states, 25% of the population, 40% of the population that cannot vote, their voice is violently suppressed , where they There is a single, one-party, one-race rule in a region where about 30% of the population is black… would you call that democracy?”

When Wallace said that youth from “ethnic neighborhoods in Brooklyn and South Philly” who wanted to “storm the beaches of Normandy” were “not brutally oppressing black people,” Hannah-Jones replied, “Well, they were.”

“No they were not. You don’t want to tell me that a farm, a kid that came off a farm in Indiana, or a kid that came out of Brooklyn oppressed black people,” Wallace replied.

“Indiana has the largest Klan population in the United States,” Hannah-Jones replied. “The Klan was raised, was first reached in Indiana.”

Wallace told Hannah-Jones she used a “broad brush” to “paint the 20’s and 30’s who were defending democracy.”

To which Hannah-Jones responded, “But a 30-year-old is an adult who can serve in Congress, who can be mayor, who can act, who can legislate and legislate — those aren’t children.”

“These aren’t babies,” she added.

Hannah-Jones, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her work, was a lightning rod for controversy.
Hannah-Jones, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her work, was a lightning rod for controversy.

“I think we wouldn’t analyze that if we were to talk about another country again and say, well, yes, the government has been violently repressive, but everyone else has not.”

The “1619 Project” was a lightning rod for controversy over claims that America’s “true” foundation was due to the arrival of the first African slaves some 400 years ago.

Hannah-Jones’ series has fueled fury to the point that some are calling for it to be banned. 1619 Project author says WWII generation is ‘brutally oppressed black people’


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