Civil rights veteran Bob Woodson condemned the Roosevelt Institute, an group devoted to furthering former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s imaginative and prescient, for celebrating 1619 Project founder Nikole Hannah-Jones for free speech. The institute honored Hannah-Jones for “freedom of speech and expression” and Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., for “freedom of worship” in an awards ceremony Wednesday night time.

“It’s kind of like an arsonist being honored at the firefighter’s convention,” Woodson, founder and president of The Woodson Center, informed Fox News. 


Woodson famous that when vandals final 12 months spray-painted “1619” on a toppled statue of George Washington, Claremont McKenna College professor Charles Kesler wrote of the harmful riots in the summertime of 2020, “Call them the 1619 riots.” Hannah-Jones responded with a tweet saying she could be “honored” by the moniker. She later deleted the tweet.

“That seems like a strange thing for someone who’s being honored for free speech to have this happen,” Woodson famous. He additionally cited many examples of 1619 Project supporters who shut down free speech. He famous {that a} Loudoun County, Virginia, advisory board advisable that academics who oppose fairness coaching be fired.

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“People who advocate critical race theory and 1619 have been at the forefront of cancel culture,” Woodson informed Fox News. “It’s ironic that Nicole Hannah-Jones would be honored for freedom of speech.”

Historians have faulted the 1619 Project for twisting historical past, specifically for claiming that the American Revolution aimed to guard slavery, a declare The New York Times later retracted. The Times later stealth-edited the web site to take away the declare that 1619 represented the “true founding” of America. Citing quite a few such errors, scholars have demanded that the Pulitzer Prize board retract the award it gave to Hannah-Jones.

Yet Woodson warned that the 1619 Project – and significant race principle, the view {that a} latent racism pervades American society regardless of civil rights legal guidelines forbidding discrimination – is “most detrimental to the Black community.”

He accused Hannah-Jones of “fostering anti-American sentiment,” claiming that “she has given aid and comfort to those who speak out against the founding principles of the country.”

“As a veteran of the civil rights movement myself, what I find most disheartening is their support of the dumbing down of standards,” he stated. He famous that many jurisdictions – most recently New York City – have moved away from “gifted and talented” packages within the title of equality.


“It is very very insulting to Black America,” Woodson stated. He stated he most well-liked “the old-fashioned bigotry” of outspoken racism over the “new progressive bigotry.” 

“The new progressive bigotry masquerades as fighting for social justice for Blacks. It masquerades as something promoting the interests of Blacks while at the same time denigrating them,” he claimed. Citing the Woodson Center’s guide “Red, White, and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers,” Woodson famous that initially of the 1900s, 5 high-performing Black excessive colleges in 5 main cities outperformed White colleges regardless of systemic boundaries like much less funding.

Bob Woodson is the founder and president of The Woodson Center.

Bob Woodson is the founder and president of The Woodson Center.

“Nikole Hannah-Jones, Warnock, and the rest of them ignore that history of excellence and achievement against the odds and instead demand that the standards be lowered because Blacks can’t compete,” he charged.

Woodson additionally faulted Warnock for selecting “to associate himself with this race grievance mantra.”

Despite the criticism the 1619 Project has obtained from Woodson, historians and others, The Roosevelt Institute stood by its determination to honor Hannah-Jones.

“Our decision to honor Ms. Hannah-Jones speaks for itself,” RI spokesperson Ariela Weinberger informed Fox News in a quick electronic mail assertion.

Warnock didn’t reply to Fox News’ request for touch upon the occasion or on the criticism of the 1619 Project. The New York Times additionally declined to answer the criticism, and Hannah-Jones couldn’t be reached for remark.