NYT journo, ‘1619 Project’ creator lectures survivor of China’s Cultural Revolution on oppression


New York Times journalist and “1619 Project” creator Nikole Hannah-Jones attempted to lecture a survivor of Mao’s Cultural Revolution about oppression in a fierce exchange online.

Hannah-Jones, whose most prominent contribution to journalism is her set of New York Times Magazine essays claiming that America was founded by the British colonists in order to safeguard and promote slavery, sparred with CRT opponent Xi Van Fleet on Twitter Sunday after the Maoist survivor challenged Jones’ rejection of “American exceptionalism.”

In a three-part thread, Hannah-Jones argued that Black history is under attack because “our very presence on these lands is the greatest rebuke to the narrative of American exceptionalism.”

“Yourself and I, an immigrant from China with 200 borrowed dollars in my pocket when I arrived more than 30 yrs ago, are the proof of American Exceptionalism,” Van Fleet fired back.

When pressed to elaborate by Hannah-Jones, Van Fleet argued that natural rights are unique to America’s founding, telling Jones that because “of it we were able to abolish slavery, Jim Crow, anti-Chinese laws … to allow individuals to succeed.