NY Times journo cries ‘racism’ over Ukraine

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New York Times journalist and 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones was roundly criticized for her stance on Ukraine Sunday when she accused the media of “insidious racism” over coverage of the war, stating their only concern was for “Europeans with blond hair and blue eyes.”

The tweet on “blond hair and blue eyes” seems to no longer exist but her sentiment was obvious in other tweets she made. Her responses were in agreement with a writer on Twitter concerning race.

“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,” the left-wing journalist stated in a tweet.

“And 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 [sic] involving peoples not considered white,” Hannah-Jones continued.

One person on Twitter thought that her comments on race and the Ukrainian coverage were inappropriate and badly timed. Hannah-Jones took umbrage at the remark and bit back, “That’s absolutely ridiculous. Journalists shouldn’t focus on improving their coverage in real time?”

She also went on to ask, “What if I told you Europe is not a continent by defintion, 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.”

“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,” she added, apparently attempting to soften the harshness of her accusations while making a case for Ukrainian refugees.

Ukraine’s health ministry reported on Sunday that 352 civilians, including 14 children, had been killed since Russia invaded the country. Approximately 200,000 Ukrainians have fled the country so far according to the Daily Mail and those numbers will most likely skyrocket. Some estimates have been as high as four million refugees.

Peace talks are scheduled for Monday on the border of Belarus between Ukraine and Russia. President Volodymyr Zelensky is not optimistic about a positive resolution. It should also be noted that Belarus was part of the launching point for the Russian invasion and they have just modified their constitution to become a nuclear power, according to Reuters. That was done as Russian President Vladimir Putin put his military’s nuclear forces on high alert.

Hannah-Jones is known for making outlandish and controversial statements on her Twitter account and then deleting them afterward. Her 1619 Project is also seen by many as a distortion of history that is inaccurate and based solely on a biased view of race and slavery.

She was eviscerated on social media for her take on the Ukrainian invasion:


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