Nikole here first came to my attention when she was denied tenure by the University of North Carolina. I might write about that sometime.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, 1619 Project creator and professor, said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that parents should not be in charge of deciding what is taught in schools.
Hannah-Jones said, “I don’t really understand this idea that parents should decide what’s being taught. I’m not a professional educator. I don’t have a degree in social studies or science. We send our children to school because we want them to be taught by people who have expertise in the subject area. And that is not my job.”
This is a really common strawman argument that you’ll see from these professional anti-Whites, or really any malicious actor trying to expose children to propaganda. The argument itself is equivalent to saying that the customers at a restaurant aren’t professional chefs, so they shouldn’t be allowed to decide what to order. Oh and there’s only one restaurant in town and it’s run by frizzy haired jewlattos who don’t want you to see what they’re putting in the food.
Referencing former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Hannah-Jones said, “When the governor or the candidate said he didn’t think parents should be deciding what’s being taught in school, he was panned for that, but that’s just the fact this is why we send our children to school and don’t home school because these are the professional educators who have the expertise to teach social study, to teach history, to teach science, to teach literature. I think we should leave that to the educators. Yes, we should have some say, but school is not about simply confirming our worldview. Schools should teach us to question. They should teach us how to think, not what to think.”
Just to hammer this home, that is a complete non-sequitur. Again, it’s like saying that you can’t decide what a chef makes you for dinner, because you can’t make such good food yourself. Even ignoring that many parents send children to school because it also serves as essentially daycare, the argument is illegitimate and, frankly, laughable.
Also why would you die your hair red? You look like Ronald McDonald.
You’ll hear a similar strawman when it comes to Democracy. The argument goes that because people accept that decisions should be made by informed experts, it’s totally okay for the privileged class to do whatever they want at everybody else’s expense. And it’s just as completely dishonest and random of an argument there as it is here.
EDIT: I didn’t stress this enough, but the argument is even more ridiculous in her case, because she’s the creator of the 1619 project. So her doing this “I’m just being reasonable, I’m not an expert in teaching,” routine is amazingly dishonest.