New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who led the publication’s controversial “1619 Project,” claimed Cuba is the “most equal” country within the Western Hemisphere in a newly resurfaced podcast, sparking contemporary criticism from conservatives on-line.
Hannah-Jones made the eyebrow-raising feedback in regards to the Communist regime in a 2019 chat with Ezra Klein, the National Post reported final week.
“Are there candidates right now or even just places that you think have a viable and sufficiently ambitious integration agenda, and if so, what is it?” Klein requested Hannah-Jones, who briefly laughed on the query whereas admitting not being an “expert” on race relations internationally.
“If you want to see the most equal, multiracial democ … it’s not a democracy — the most equal, multiracial country in our hemisphere, it would be Cuba,” Hannah-Jones replied, citing socialism as her cause.
“Cuba has the least inequality between black and white people of any place really in the hemisphere,” she continued.
“I mean, the Caribbean — most of the Caribbean, it’s hard to count because the white population in a lot of those countries is very, very small, they’re countries run by black folks, but in places that are truly at least biracial countries, Cuba actually has the least inequality, and that’s largely due to socialism, which I’m sure no one wants to hear.”
Hannah-Jones’ feedback have resurfaced as fed-up Cubans take to the streets to demand freedom from the dictatorship, enough entry to meals and medication, and the resignation of President Miguel Díaz-Canel.
The demonstrations, which started final Sunday, mark the most important public show of disapproval in opposition to the Communist regime in many years.
On Saturday, Díaz-Canel blamed the country’s unrest final week on the US embargo.
Critics shortly jumped on Hannah-Jones’ feedback.
“Please go to Cuba and stay in Cuba – Nicole Hannah-Jones,” tweeted Mercedes Schlapp, a senior fellow for the American Conservative Union. “The anti-American factions in our own country fail to understand the horrors of Communism.”
Others took situation with Hannah-Jones’ assertion that Cuba may function an integration mannequin for the United States.
“Yes, all the Cuban people are suppressed ‘equally’!!!” one tweet learn. “Send Nikole to Cuba!”
The National Post famous that Hannah-Jones additionally praised Cuba in a 2008 op-ed in The Oregonian titled “The Cuba we don’t know,” whereas touting its excessive literacy charge, the bottom HIV an infection charge within the Western Hemisphere, together with “free college” and well being care.
“Black Cubans especially are wary of outsiders wishing to overthrow the Castro regime,” Hannah-Jones wrote on the time.
“They admit the revolution has been imperfect, but it also led to the end of codified racism and brought universal education and access to jobs to black Cubans. Without the revolution, they wonder, where would they be?”
Hannah-Jones made headlines once more not too long ago when she rejected a proposal of tenure from the University of North Carolina after being tapped to be the varsity’s chair in race and investigative reporting.
The supply was a one-eighty for the college, which initially denied the standing because of considerations about her involvement within the Times Magazine’s Pulitzer-winning “1619 Project.”
The challenge goals to reframe the country’s historical past by “placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center” of the narrative.
Hannah-Jones as a substitute took the same place at Howard University, a traditionally black school in Washington, DC.
With Post wires