If we were Nikole Hannah-Jones, we could find plenty of things to be “deeply embarrassed” about before we landed on our father’s patriotism. After all, this is a woman who won a Pulitzer Prize for writing a piece of fake history blaming America’s racism for all the problems in the world. This is a woman whose signature 1619 Project has been discredited by every historian more concerned with the facts than with scoring “woke” points with the liberal establishment. This is a woman who is, essentially, a race grifter with no ability to think about this country without viewing it through the lens of slavery.
That’s enough to be embarrassed about without even getting into the matter of her hair.
But in a recent interview session with Harvard University, Hannah-Jones admitted that while she finds none of that embarrassing, she was extremely dismayed by her father’s patriotism growing up.
“So when I was young, that flag outside our home never made sense to me. How could this Black man, having seen firsthand the way his country abused Black Americans, how it refused to treat us as full citizens, proudly fly its banner?” wrote in the essay that won her the Pulitzer. “I didn’t understand his patriotism. It deeply embarrassed me.”
Wait, it gets better. Here’s what she said at Harvard.
“I was deeply embarrassed by this outward show of patriotism from my father,” Hannah-Jones said. “I understood that Black Americans were still second-class citizens. This was a man who was born on a cotton plantation in apartheid Mississippi, one of the smartest men that I knew but who had never had any real opportunities in this country. And yet, here he was exhibiting patriotism. He was a veteran.”
He was a veteran. He fought for this country. He served in our nation’s armed forces. And this woman, who has dedicated her life to dividing us by race, found his patriotism “deeply embarrassing.” Wow. Just when we thought our opinion of Hannah-Jones couldn’t get any lower.
“So my opening essay really wants, from the moment you first start reading it, to get the sense of surprise about the way that we’ve been taught to think about this history of Black Americans, and really that I make the argument that our founders did not believe the words– those majestic words– of the Declaration of Independence when they wrote them,” Hannah-Jones added.
Oh, if you’re waiting around for the big moment where she says, “Ah, but I was just a young, dumb kid, what did I know?” Yeah, it’s not coming. So we can only surmise – from both her essays and her interviews – that she still basically feels this way. She’s achieved more professional success than 99% of Americans, white or black, ever will, and she still can’t find a reason to feel patriotic.
What a sad individual.