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I Am A Black Woman In Academia. Nikole Hannah-Jones’s Tenure Saga Isn’t Unique

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I Am A Black Woman In Academia. Nikole Hannah-Jones’s Tenure Saga Isn’t Unique

by Kellie Carter Jackson via

When a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “genius” award and transformative scholarship are not enough to obtain job security, all academics should be concerned.

I, like many people, have closely followed the University of North Carolina tenure saga of Nikole Hannah-Jones. During the controversy, it became clear that political factions connected to UNC were not merely trying to diminish Hannah-Jones’s accomplishments, they were also attempting to block her from the protection that tenure provides.

For Black academics like myself, these high-profile denials are not just canaries in the coal mine, they reflect a continued legacy of cautionary tales that haunt…

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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